This year’s holiday saw 11 members and their carers with 6 volunteer helpers enjoy a 4 night stay in Bournemouth. The journey by accessible coach went smoothly and the group quickly settled at the Elstead Hotel.
The outing to Stonehenge was a great success with the newly opened visitor centre and the shuttle service to the stone circle, which meant that everyone was able to take in the views and marvel at the structure.
The weather was less kind the next day but everyone managed a “stroll” along the seafront and the pier which was accessed using the funicular lift on the east cliff. A few guests still had the energy for some retail therapy in the afternoon!
Thursday dawned bright and sunny and after taking a scenic route through the New Forest, the group visited Exbury Gardens. By using the steam railway and buggy, everyone was able to enjoy the world famous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas.
All in all, it was a very busy but enjoyable few days. Lesley Niven (Phoenix Club Trustee) who organised the holiday, was very grateful for the help of the hotel staff, coach driver Alan and our brilliant volunteers Bob, Ian, both Johns, Roisin and Caitlin.
Lesley is now looking forward to planning next year’s trip!