Saras Hope Foundation now run a holiday retreat in the idyllic island of Crete offering respite for children and young people with cancer and their families.
The importance of rebuilding family relationships after being effected by cancer is something Sara’s parents Ged and Julie know all too well. After Saras treatment the family were able to go on a holiday as a family to reprieve all of the stress and worry they had endured. After Sara passed away in 2001 aged only 16 her parents dedicated themselves to set the charity up in her memory.
The Foundation's overall mission is to give families from the UK, affected by the devastating impact of cancer, a much-needed break so they may spend quality time together, strengthening relationships and creating happy lasting memories. A week away from hospital appointments and having the chance to relax and spend time as a ‘normal’ family after diagnosis, has proved to make a significant difference to the lives of the families that have visited Saras Retreat
In many cases the surgery and treatment can leave the child / teenager with life changing additional medical problems such as severe learning and physical disabilities (including loss of limbs), problems with hearing, memory loss and mobility. It can also leave psychological problems, lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
We are dedicated to giving a personal service to each child/young person and their family, and in memory of Sara, giving them ‘smiles, hope and precious memories’.