Park’s charity champs scoop £13k for carers

Fantastic figures: from left are Hendra directors Bob Hyatt, Robert May and Janine Hyatt; Cornwall Hospice Care fundraiser Judy Lawton; Hendra directors Rebecca May and Will Dexter, and Hendra staff member Emma Sandry

Fantastic figures: from left are Hendra directors Bob Hyatt, Robert May and Janine Hyatt; Cornwall Hospice Care fundraiser Judy Lawton; Hendra directors Rebecca May and Will Dexter, and Hendra staff member Emma Sandry

Two sisters at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay have helped inspire a massive fundraising effort which this month saw over £13,000 handed over to Cornwall Hospice Care.

Employees Emma and Lydia Sandry lost their mum Judy to a terminal illness in 2016 – but say her final days were greatly comforted by the work of hospice carers.

When the family owners of Hendra heard Emma and Lydia’s story, it was agreed to adopt Cornwall Hospice Care as the park’s chosen charity for 2017.

The decision triggered a year-long fundraising programme involving both staff and holiday guests, including a range of fun events and voluntary donations from people making bookings.

When the final tally was made in January this year, it came to an astonishing £13,252.22 which is now being used to support the hospice’s much valued work.

Hendra director Janine Hyatt said that the huge total was a reflection of the enterprise and hard work which staff and managers had put into the fundraising projects.

Everyone, said Janine, deserved a big pat on the back for their fantastic efforts.

Thousands of families are welcomed to the park each year

Thousands of families are welcomed to Hendra Holiday Park each year

Representatives from Cornwall Hospice Care came along to the park in January for the presentation of the donation, and among them was mid-Cornwall community fundraiser Judy Lawton.

Judy told Hendra’s staff and directors that the sum would provide a substantial and much-needed boost to the charity’s work in supporting patients and their families.

She said that the hospice relied heavily on donations to maintain round-the-clock specialist care for people suffering a terminal illness in hospitals, care homes and the community.

Emma Sandry said that she and her sister had been amazed at just how much had been raised:

“Lydia and I are overwhelmed at just how generous everyone has been, and at the enormous efforts which went in to achieving the final total,” she said.

“Cornwall Hospice Care gave such great support to our mum and our family, and made a positive impact on everyone’s lives during the final weeks.

“Mum’s final wish was that we would do all we could to help their invaluable work – and we know that she would be bursting with happiness!” added Emma.

Now the park is getting ready for a fresh round of fundraising activities in 2018 with Macmillan Nurses being named as the adopted charity for the year.

In 2017, Hendra Holiday Park was named as Holiday Park of the Year for both Cornwall and for South West England.

The long-established business, which has a host of attractions including an award-winning pools complex, provides a wide range of accommodation to rent plus touring pitches.

There is more information about Hendra, which is a member of the Best of British group of leading independent parks, on its website at www.hendra-holidays.com

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