Beat­ing a pos­i­tive re­treat

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FAM­I­LIES WITH se­ri­ously ill chil­dren joined Camp Sim­cha in Daven­try, Northamp­ton­shire, for a long week­end away from the day-to-day stresses.

Nearly 200 fam­ily mem­bers from Lon­don and Manch­ester en­joyed ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from go-kart­ing and laser tag to hair­dress­ing and crafts, as well as re­lax­ation time and pam­per­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Es­ther Fletcher of Edg­ware, whose seven-year-old daugh­ter Eli­sheva has a rare con­di­tion re­quir­ing a tra­cheotomy and ven­ti­la­tor.

“We have been sup­ported by Camp Sim­cha since Eli­sheva was six months old and my chil­dren lit­er­ally start look­ing for­ward to the next re­treat al­most as soon as the last one fin­ishes,” she said.

“Not only do they get to en­joy won­der­ful treats and ac­tiv­i­ties. More im­por­tantly, they know most of the vol­un­teers and many of the fam­i­lies so they feel 100 per cent com­fort­able. So for us this means we ac­tu­ally get to re­lax. Not only is Eli­sheva be­ing cared for — all the other chil­dren are hap­pily run­ning around hav­ing fun.

“I also find it re­ally helps to talk to other par­ents who are cop­ing with sit­u­a­tions which are sim­i­lar — and some­times tougher — than our own.”

Eli­sheva Fletcher and Camp Sim­cha vol­un­teers Avi­tal Rose, Avi­gail Levy and Sorele Hom­mel

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