Their time at the retreat

 

 

The wonderful Families that have visited the Retreat in 2017

 Amelia celebrates her 6th birthday at the Retreat in Crete.

Amelia had never flown before and was so excited , she loves being in water where she feels most comfortable and relaxed . On our journey to Sara`s Retreat we called in at the Cotton Club for some food and a children`s cocktail , a fab way of kicking off Amelia`s week at Sara`s Retreat. Amelia awoke next day to the sun shining and was straight in the swimming pool . It was priceless hearing her laughing and watching her smiling , splashing around and having fun . A day at the beach followed with sand castle building and swimming in the crystal water of Almyrida ...she had a ball 
As an early birthday treat we organised a free trip to Limnoupolis water park , despite the unusual weather ( it rained most of the time ) she loved it , especially shooting down all the slides ,she was so confident and really is a water baby . She visited the Rainbow cafe in Georgioupolis and enjoyed a game of crazy golf with Ged and bouncing on the bouncy castles and driving a children`s go kart . The highlight of Amelia`s week was her surprise birthday party . We invited some close friends around and arranged a bbq and karaoke . She laughed and smiled all night and blew out the candles on her birthday cake with a big cheer from everyone and a rousing `Happy Birthday to you `
Amelia really did not want to go home but she left with many special memories and with new friends for life .  

Grace Frazer . An amazing adventure at Saras Hope foundation Retreat in Crete

Grace Frazer aged 3 was diagnosed with a brain tumour, she underwent brain surgery twice at such a young age and endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy missing out on a normal childhood. Grace is a real water baby and her favourite days were spent at the beach, she has so much energy and it was wonderful watching her run around without a care in the world. Mum Fiona`s message in the guest book said it all

`Thank you for an amazing week. We couldn`t have had a better week without your help. You are such amazing people for providing a beautiful place for families to come to`

Harrison Mooney aged 9 had a great week at the Retreat in July 2017

Harrison Mooney aged 9 arrived with his family after completing a three year protocol for ALL .Harrison also has autism, ADHD and a learning disability. It was fabulous watching Harrison (Harry) having fun, smiling and really enjoying his week with his family. The highlight was an afternoon at Kournas Lake on a pedalo. Harry loved swimming in the Lake and his face beamed throughout.

Here are some extracts from Fiona`s message in the guest book

We have had a busy week and been to some fantastic places. Harrison`s favourite was definitely Lake Kornas. We have met some of your friends and love how much they support you and the charity. You are an amazing family who have accepted Harrison and his world without batting an eyelid and made us feel so comfortable. Autism and ADHD is difficult to deal with but you made it easy so easy. 

Ruby aged 9 years spent most of her time in the pool when she visited the Retreat in July 2017

Ruby was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2013 and recently completed her 3 year treatment protocol. She has a sister Lucie and a brother Joseph who has autism. The family were due to fly out in 2015 when their father Chris suffered a brain hemorrhage which left him with severe mobility problems, slowly but surely through his determination and lots of physical work Chris can walk with assistance but requires 24hr care. Mum Samantha is amazing and is a full time carer for Chris as well as looking after her daughters and son. Samantha commented that they are looking forward to spending time together after everything they have been through.

The following is what they had to say about their time at the Retreat sent to us via Facebook.
We arrived at sara retreat on the 21st of July from stepping off plane and meeting ged and Julie who are both inspirational people we have done nothing but laugh they took us everywhere we wanted to go nothing is ever a problem we meet some amazing people friends of there's Chris had a subarachnoid haemorrhage July 2015 and we didn't get that year but he was so relaxed loving in every minute (now wants to live there)everybody made him feel at ease was perfect ...then Joseph has autism and had a great bond with ged and Julie practically went everywhere with ged we had a bbq karaoke night and Joseph was amazing from a boy who would never of got up to sing took over the karaoke his confidence was amazing ...these guys are really special and amazing what they do for children, Ruby and Lucie had a blast never out the pool making new friends,we really had the perfect relaxing time thankyou Ged and Julie we love you xxxx

Bethan Curran visited the Retreat from 29 July to 5 August

Bethan Curran from Oldham was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in December 2014 aged 15. She underwent 6 cycles of chemotherapy and surgery to remove her tumour as well as limb salvage surgery with a titanium knee and high bone replacement.Bethan took her exams in hospital and missed out on her last year at high school. Tragically Bethan also had to deal with the sudden death of her father four years ago. Bethan arrived with her mum Helen, sister Sophia aged 14 and step dad Phil. Bethan had a fab time on the island, visiting the ancient archeological site in Aptera, Kournas Lake, various taverna`s and restaurants and local beaches.It was great to see her relaxing and having fun with her family.
A short extract from Bethan`s message in the guest book.
Thank you for an amazing week I`ve had here.I cannot thank you enough for making me feel so loved and welcome. You have made me so happy and spending the week with you and my family has been so worthwhile,  I have been truly blessed to have been involved in so much fun and laughter and I will treasure these memories forever.  I will be back to visit ! Greece is officially my favourite country !