Willerby teams with Ant & Dec to honour inspiring teacher

Kath Crawley takes centre stage with (from left) Mark Molyneaux (Kendal Caravans), Charlotte Morris (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Valarie Oldham (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Christine Morris (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Bill Oldham (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Andrew Morris (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Kath Crawley’s sister Sue Foster, Soulla Molyneaux (Kendal Caravans) and Shane Smith (Willerby)

THE RETIREMENT DREAMS of a retired teacher from Wigan have come true, thanks to leading UK manufacturer Willerby and Saturday Night Takeaway stars Ant & Dec.

“Inspirational” Kath Crawley, 60, was gifted with a new luxury holiday caravan by Willerby when she appeared on the hit Ant & Dec show earlier this year.

And this month, the stylish leisure home, complete with all mod-cons, was officially handed over to Kath at Avon Wood Holiday Home Park on the shores of Windermere.

She was put forward to her local community.

Kath has had a family base at Avon Wood in Newby Bridge for more than 50 years and, having retired in July, she is now enjoying her new two-bedroom Willerby Brookwood at the picturesque location.

She said: “It’s hard to me. The sentimental side of it is absolutely massive because, as a family, we can carry on something that my grandma Maud started 52 years ago.

“I absolutely love my new holiday home and the park. We can now come here as a family for at least the next 20 years thanks to Willerby, the park owners Andrew and Christine Morris, and everyone involved. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

Kath, with her daughter Becky, learns of her amazing Willerby gift on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

ITV approached Willerby for the giveaway as the UK’s holiday homes brand leader, and the Willerby team pulled out all the sto help make the surprise happen live on the primetime TV show.

The Willerby Brookwood sleeps up to six people and features a comfortable open-plan lounge, spacious kitchen and stylish breakfast bar.

Kath said the design of her caravan is perfect and she plans to spend as much time as possible in her new home-from-home with her partner, Paul, and other members of her family.

She said: “It’s truly amazing how much more modern and spacious it is compared with our previous holiday home. The furnishings are lovely and it’s so light and airy.

“It’s double glazed and has central heating, which is a first for me and means it is fully accessible whatever the weather. Our previous holiday home was single glazed and had just a gas fire.

“Retirement is a new chapter. I’ll be able to do all of that from.”

Willerby’s Southport sales and showground manager Shane Smith visited Kath at her new holiday home tory bottle of champagne.

Shane said: “It was fantastic to receive something very special in return.

Kath relaxes in her new luxury two-bedroom Willerby Brookwood holiday home with her sister Sue Foster

“We hope Mrs Crawley and her family enjoy many happy years in their Willerby Brookwood and we’re delighted to know it suits their needs and tastes perfectly.

Andrew Morris, owner of the family-run Avon Wood, worked with Lake District holiday home distributo ensure Kath’s previous holiday home was removed before the Brookwood was sited, including installing the decking area.

Andrew said: “For Avon Wood to be on national television and involved in the holiday home giveaway was lovely, but definitely a surreal day at the office. A call from ITV certainly wasn’t something we expected!

“Knowing Kath and seeing her reaction was fantastic. She was gobsmacked and we’re really pleased for her.

“This all happened during the pandemic and for it to making these holiday homes.”

Kendal Caravans ensured Kath’s home arrived in perfect condition and was installed smoothly on site.

Managing directo help make her retirement more enjoyable.

“Willerby have been brilliant to work with and it’s been a great team effort,” added Mark.

Happy holiday home-coming: Kath, second from right, with, from left, Andrew Morris (Avon Wood Holiday Home Park), Mark Molyneaux (Kendal Caravans), Soulla Molyneaux (Kendal Caravans) and Shane Smith (Willerby)