Making the most of life
We are determined that nobody should miss out on the opportunity to take a much-needed break. Please help us be there for people like Mavis and Colin.
Making the most of life
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Mavis and Colin's Story
Colin and Mavis have been together for over 50 years, but in 2002 Colin began to be affected by dementia which affected both their lives. Read their story.
"Colin and I met at a dance hall. That was in 1958. We got engaged in 1959. Dad gave us a lovely wedding. That was in May 1960. Three days later I turned 18. Everybody said it wouldn’t last, but what do others know?"
50 years later, Colin and Mavis are still together.
"After he did his trade training in the army Colin was posted to Bicester and I got a job as a typist on the camp. He had despatch riders under him so every day he bought a Mars bar from the NAAFI van and sent one of the despatch riders to my office with it for me.
Our first son David was born in 1965, then in 1967 John was born. After we moved to Bridlington I started being really ill with MS and Colin had to leave work to look after me full-time."
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, affecting around 100,000 people in the UK.
Revitalise and the MS Society are working in partnership to provide funding to help those affected by MS to access a Revitalise respite holiday. Find out more
"Around 2002 Colin started getting things going wrong with him. I noticed him being forgetful and irrational. He was not himself at all.
I got him to take me to the Doctor’s but had arranged with the Doctor to see Colin instead of me. I had suspicions that he could be starting with Alzheimer’s. Eventually he was diagnosed with dementia."
What is dementia?
Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of those diagnosed. Find out more
With one person developing dementia every three minutes in the UK, the need to support people living with the condition and their families is crucial.
Our specialist Alzheimer's Weeks are designed to enable our guests to spend precious quality time with one another.
See how our Alzheimer's Weeks help our guests to reconnect with their loved ones.
Restoring hope and happiness
The Revitalise effect
Everybody needs a break
"With disabilities you learn to adapt and try to do as much as you can while you can. Days out have to be planned in advance now and the time out is limited. We don’t go to shows or anything because of this – that is why we enjoyed Revitalise so much."
"We got funding for a week at Revitalise and decided to try it. I didn’t know anywhere existed where so much was done to make a break so enjoyable. Everybody was fun-loving and we had a ball. We made lots of friends there and have kept in touch. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support we got."
Funding is available to our guests thanks to your support
Thanks to your support, Revitalise can provide financial assistance so that anyone who needs a break but can’t afford one is not denied the opportunity to refresh and re-energise.
"Colin is never left on his own at all which is limiting for me, but as long as he is happy that is all that matters. So it was good at Revitalise to feel comfortable about him still being looked after without me there next to him all the time.
Revitalise got me back to my ‘fun’ side again that had been missing for a while, and has always been a big part of me and my life. It gave me back more confidence. I got my ‘mojo’ back!"
"I also learned some more positive things about Colin that I didn’t think possible after all these years together. Colin just enjoyed everything and keeps telling people about our stay there – more memories for him to talk about.
I can cope with my MS and still make the most of life. Colin has the same attitude to disability. We look after each other. We have been married for 57 years and are best friends, lovers and partners. Revitalise was the icing on the cake of our life together so far."
How does having a break or holiday make you feel?
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The holiday feeling
- I always come back refreshed and with a new lust for life
- It’s an important break from our usual routine
- I always look forward to my next holiday
- It helps me to keep going
- I don’t feel different after a holiday
The Revitalise Spring Appeal
Helping people in financial hardship
Together we can help people in financial hardship take a much-needed Revitalise break.
Like Mavis and Colin, disabled people and carers face many challenges, but we are absolutely determined that nobody in financial hardship should miss out on the opportunity to take a much-needed Revitalise respite break purely due to a lack of funds, so please support our spring fundraising appeal.
The Revitalise Support Fund
Affordability is a real issue for many of our guests. Many have experienced cuts in funding, and many carers are forced to give up work.
We have set up the Revitalise Support Fund to ensure that everyone who needs a break can access one.
All the funds raised by this appeal will go towards our hardship fund - The Revitalise Support Fund.
Without the Revitalise Support Fund, people like Colin and Mavis would not have been able to afford the holiday together that they treasured so much - the holiday they said they needed to get back to who they used to be.
Please give to our appeal today
We invite you to support our Spring Appeal so we can continue to help those who need us most.
And remember, all the funds raised for this appeal will go towards the Revitalise Support Fund.
Thank you for your support!
Our deepest thanks to you, all of our supporters and friends, for your dedication in ensuring that disabled people and their carers receive the vital respite they need and deserve.
For other ways to help, please visit our website.
Do something amazing - donate online today and enhance someone’s quality of life.
Donate by texting MAVI17 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070. You can donate £10, £5, £4, £3, £2 or £1. See full T’s and C’s.
Make your gift worth 25% more at no extra cost. For every £1 you give, HMRC will add an extra 25p which will go straight to Revitalise. All you need to do is Gift Aid your donations. Find out more.
Send us a cheque
If you would like to donate by post please make your cheque payable to Revitalise Respite Holidays, and send it to us at:
Revitalise, 212 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH