A Bit Of A Break

We are teaming up with ‘A Bit of a Break’, a local organisation which offers terminally ill patients a free holiday with their loved ones.

‘A Bit of a Break’ was created in spring 2016 by Angela Sturgeon, who was battling ovarian cancer and was an incredible fund raiser. She sadly passed away at the end of that year. Angela loved going away to beautiful places as it helped her forget about her illness for a while and make lasting memories with her family, and she regularly enjoyed the use of holiday homes generously offered by friends and family. Angela realised that many people dealing with terminal illnesses do not have the chance to get away because they are unable to get travel insurance, meaning they often choose not to book a holiday in case they need to cancel last minute.

With the help of Skipton-based charity Carers’ Resource, Angela, her husband Matthew and friends Paula Hunt and Helen Pilling established ‘A Bit of a Break’ in spring 2016. They source unfilled time in holiday properties which are then gifted free of charge to referred patients. From small beginnings, there are now 23 properties offering a holiday through the scheme

We are proud to be working with this fabulous organisation. Over the next year we will be supplying delicious foodie hampers for the guests to enjoy.

Our specially prepared hampers will be delivered to each guest at home the day before their holiday and they will include a tasty selection of fresh treats from Keelham, including Keelham’s Tipsy Pig ale, Lottie Shaw’s shortbread biscuits and a selection of Keelham’s home-made breakfast jams. Alongside the hamper of sweet treats will be a fruit box, packed full of healthy, locally-sourced fruit fresh.

We have always been dedicated to helping the community in any way that we can, and when A Bit of a Break got in touch we were more than happy to donate hampers for this deserving cause. We’ve hand-picked a range of products from our 400 plus local suppliers and producers to create a mix of special treats and fresh fruit for guests to enjoy over their break. They’re a wonderful organisation who are really making a difference to people’s lives, and we are honoured to be on board.

A lady who spent a well deserved break recently sent us this on her return:

'Sadly I’m back home now but I’ve had a fantastic week at The Blacksmiths. The weather was good every morning for me and my dog to have a morning walk on the beach. The hamper was most welcome and the fruit especially was lovely. Thank you so much for the opportunity to get away. I didn’t realise how much I needed it. Just a pity I had to come back but hey you can’t have everything.' 

To find out more about A Bit of a Break, visit the website www.abitofabreak.com or contact Paula Hunt on paula@abitofabreak.com.

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