Respite breaks gifted to Stonewater customers

Twenty-three customers enjoyed a fully funded break thanks to Revitalise and Longleigh Foundation.

Customers from Stonewater’s retirement and supported living schemes were provided with a fun-filled holiday for themselves and a carer, friend or relative at one of Revitalise’s three residential respite locations in England.

The breaks were funded through a £20,000 donation from Longleigh Foundation, which was match funded by Revitalise, enabling customers and their guest to enjoy a week of entertainment and activities with 24-hour care and support available for those that needed it.

Stonewater colleagues were invited to nominate customers from across the country to benefit from the initiative, which saw more than 40 initial submissions. Nominees were shortlisted down to 23 customers, who all received a fully funded break.

Following the success of the first round of holidays, additional funding was provided by both Longleigh Foundation and Revitalise to extend the programme to an additional nine customers, who are set to enjoy their respite breaks over the coming weeks.

Tracey McNally, wellbeing community capacity manager at Stonewater, said: “This programme came around at just the right time for many of our retirement and supported living customers. We launched the programme in the middle of the pandemic, at a time when many of these customers had spent months at home, shielding from Covid-19.

“It’s easy to forget how difficult those times were, but for those across our retirement living schemes, many of the customers there were too afraid to even leave their rooms.”

Deborah Auty, head of marketing and communications at Revitalise said: “Everyone deserves a proper holiday, and we are delighted that our partnership with Stonewater allows us to offer respite breaks to disabled residents and their carers.”

Andy Peers, chief executive at Longleigh Foundation, said: “Longleigh’s mission is to support transformation in the lives of residents and communities. Through Longleigh funding for the Revitalise programme with Stonewater, we have seen a real, positive impact in the lives of residents who have struggled the most these past few years.”

Tracey added: “The overall feedback we have received from customers has been amazing. One resident was monitoring their blood pressure daily for medical reasons, and they saw a noticeable reduction in their readings during the break. Another customer said that they finally felt like themselves again. We can’t wait to see what experiences the next round of customers have during their visits in the coming weeks.”

Zoe Mundy, a Stonewater customer, was one of the customers to receive a Revitalise break last year with her husband.

She said of her experience: “Revitalise helped me with my confidence and made me realise that my wheelchair does not have to defeat me. It helped my husband have a break from being my main care giver and allowed us time to be husband and wife again.”

Zoe’s experience was so beneficial to her physical and mental health, she has been selected to receive a second break with her friend, Edith.

Deborah commented: “We’re so pleased that Zoe and Edith are looking forward to their stay with us again this year. Our holidays always include great hospitality, live entertainment and excursions backed by 24-hour care from our holiday care team and nurses.”