Isle Of Wight Holiday Home Secured

29 March 2023

Sail 4 Cancer and the wider ‘4 Cancer Group’ is proud to announce that it has agreed terms to purchase the charity’s first holiday property.  The property will provide respite holidays for families who are struggling to cope with the huge impact of a cancer diagnosis.

The property is located just outside Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and is within walking distance of the town centre. Yarmouth acts as one of the gateways to the Island thanks to its 22-minute ferry crossing to Lymington on the mainland. The two-bedroom holiday house will provide accommodation for between four and six people.

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Nicholson, Trustee at Sail 4 Cancer said:

“Sail 4 Cancer has a long and proud association with the Isle of Wight. Cowes has been an important base for our sailing days for cancer patients for many years. We have also been Official Charity for Cowes Week on three seperate occasions.”

Our Isle of Wight holiday home is a very important step for the charity. For the past twenty years we have been sourcing respite holidays from various holiday providers at discounted rates. However, since the pandemic the cost of buying in holidays has increased significantly. 

“Furthermore, the charity’s ability to buy sailing days and holidays, even at discounted rates, has diminished massively. Our income during the pandemic fell by 90% and it hasn’t recovered since.  By becoming holiday property owners, we will be able to deliver respite holidays for those most in need at a much lower operating cost.”

“AND what’s great about this holiday home is that we will be able to incorporate sailing opportunities into people’s holiday. In addition to getting people out on the water as part of the journey to the island (thanks to our partnership with Wightlink), we will be able to run sailing days from Cowes and other locations throughout the island with relative ease.”

“This marks the start of a new operating model for the charity.  Although the Isle of Wight attracts visitors from all over England due to its incredible scenery and popular attractions, we are aware that families with a severely ill family member do not want to travel particularly far away from home.”

“For this reason, we will soon launch an ambitious plan to add respite holiday properties in several other Areas of Natural Beauty within the UK. When operating at full capacity this will enable us to provide up to 10,000 respite nights per annum.

From days out to short-breaks in the UK, the charity gives families something to look forward to during the most difficult of times.  Time spent away with the people we love from the stresses of everyday life at home, can make all the difference.  This time can be incredibly precious especially when someone is terminally ill.”

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