The New Retreat
Since 2007, Saras Hope Foundation has had its Retreat in Crete, giving children suffering from cancer a place to rest and relax with their families, away from all the trauma and stress involved with this terrible illness.
We opened the 400 appeal in 2014 to raise the £400,000 needed to purchase The Retreat outright. During this time our loyal supporters and benefactors have raised an amazing £128,000 . We can’t thank each and every one of you enough for helping us well on our way to that target.
However, having been at the retreat now for these past 6 years, we have decided that it is not ideal for our visiting families. Our long held dream of building a custom designed Retreat is about to become a reality, thanks to your donations and our supporters both on Crete and in the U.K.
A beautiful plot of land, with amazing views of the sea has been sourced and building work will start as soon as possible.
The family accommodation will be all on one level, with wheel chair access, three bedrooms, a wet room, kitchen and a big family space, with lots of room and easy access to a beautiful swimming pool with toddler area. There will also be a play area, quiet contemplation space and a BBQ area.
Ged and Julie Hoburn, founders of Saras Hope Foundation, who are our Retreat managers, will have a two bedroomed, self-contained annex as part of the complex.
Lifestyle Homes have taken on this project with as much enthusiasm as we have and have listened very carefully to all the ideas for our brand new Retreat. The cost for the build will be €382,000 with some additional costs for landscaping etc.
As you can see, we don’t have all the funds needed as yet to complete the project.
We need your help to realise this dream to create smiles and lasting memories for all the brave children who come to the Retreat.
By donating £1000 or more, you will have your name on a special wall we are building, as a lasting thank you to all who have been so generous and made the new Retreat happen.
Completion is targeted for mid 2018 and with your help we will achieve our goal.
We will keep you fully updated at every stage of the build.
Below you can see photographs of the land and architects drawings.
The New Plot
The site for The Saras Hope Foundation's New Retreat is located in Likotinara, a small quiet village between Vamos and Georgioupoli.
The pictures below show the plot as it is now and also the wonderful views out to sea
Plans for the New Retreat are now available to view
We are now very please to show you an Archetects impression of the New Custom Built Retreat on Crete.
With your help and If all goes to plan this will be ready to accept family in mid 2018 and give them "Smiles, Hope & Precious Memories"
To view the Architects video of what the New Retreat will look like please click on this link The New Retreat
We now more than ever need your help to achieve this time scale so please go to our donate page by clicking here and help us to help families going through the trauma of having a child with Cancer.
6th August We signed the contract for the build of the New Retreat.
The signing of the contract for the building of the New Retreat is a landmark event in the history of Saras Hope Foundation. We are now well on the way to achieving our goal of a custom built Retreat for Families and Children with Cancer
Saki Leptokaritis Owner of LifeStyle Homes and David Culling on the day of signing the contract for the New Retreat
It's all go now. The contract is signed
LifeStyle Homes and Saras Hope Foundation celebrate the signing of the contract for the New Retreat.