Homelands offers mum holiday to remember

Shona and her family had a break at Homelands in Lundin Links
Shona and her family had a break at Homelands in Lundin Links

A local charity has helped to bring a mum with cancer’s dream come true after providing her and her family with a free holiday.

Homelands Trust-Fife offers short breaks at its fully accessible holiday lodges in Lundin Links, and heard about Shona’s story online.

Homelands Trust Fife administrator Kim O'Brien (right) with Shona, a mum from Stirling who is suffering from cancer. Homelands offered Shona and her family a free weekend break at one of its lodges after hearing about her plight through the charity 52 Lives.

Homelands Trust Fife administrator Kim O'Brien (right) with Shona, a mum from Stirling who is suffering from cancer. Homelands offered Shona and her family a free weekend break at one of its lodges after hearing about her plight through the charity 52 Lives.

Shona, who lives in Stirling with her husband and daughter, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year which resulted in a full mastectomy.

She was just recovering from that when she found out she also had cancer in one of her fingers, which then had to be amputated. In the past few months she discovered it had also spread to other fingers, which may also have to be taken off.

To make matters worse, Shona has also been diagnosed with vulval cancer which will mean more surgery and a painful recovery.

As the main bread winner for the family, her diagnosis had really taken its toll on her and her family.

Shona’s plight was recognised by Scottish charity 52 Lives, which aims to change someone’s life every week of the year.

Each week, it posts a story about someone in need of a little help on its website, and shares the story on social media.

It was through Facebook that the team at Homelands picked up Shona’s story, and saw her wishes, which included a new mattress, grocery vouchers and a wee break.

David Paton, Homelands coordinator, said: “After our administrator Kim O’Brien saw the appeal on the 52 lives Facebook page, we were delighted to be able to help by offering a short break for them.

“We also appealed to the local community for donations of food, as our luxury accessible lodges are self catering and Shona will have had to feed her family whilst on holiday.

“We were astounded by the response to this and wish to extend a massive thank you to friends, family and all those who took the time to hand in bags of shopping to us.

“We wish to make a special thank you to both Mrs Eleanor Todd at Blacketyside Farm and Sainsbury’s in Leven for their amazing contributions.

“As a special treat, complimentary therapies were also organised for Shona and her daughter to enjoy in the Paxton Centre.

“We have been delighted to be able to make this a weekend to remember by the whole family and wish them well.”

After her weekend break, Shona said: “We would all like to say how grateful and so overwhelmed we all are for all Homelands has done for us and the community and local shops.

“It has all been truly amazing, I can’t say thank you enough, it has been the break we all needed.”

To find out more about 52 Lives, go to www.52lives.org, while you can get more information about Homelands at www.homelands-fife.co.uk