Mum’s thrilled about free holiday stay offer

Annie Oldfield with her son Charlie Oldfield. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142058-3)
Annie Oldfield with her son Charlie Oldfield. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142058-3)
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IT’S A charity that offers a break for families with poorly children.

And mum Annie Oldfield said it’s ‘unbelievable’ that her son Charlie, three, has been offered a free holiday by Hannah’s Holiday Homes.

Little Charlie has beaten the odds to survive after doctors told his mum he might not even live.

Now the charity, started by Pam Marshall, has offered the pair a free stay at one of its locations.

Annie, of Marine Parade East, Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘That’s an unbelievable offer, and I can’t believe the kindness of some people.

‘It’s just pretty amazing to be offered a holiday.

‘Each day can be hard, and so some time off will be brilliant.

‘I took Charlie to Spain once and it was very difficult.

‘He has a lot of feeding bags and it’s generally hard to get everything packed for him.

‘This will be amazing for us both – thank you.’

Hannah’s Holiday Home was created in memory of Pam’s daughter Hannah Westbrook, who died from cancer aged only 10, in 2004.

There are two homes – one in Hayling Island and one in the New Forest.

Ms Marshall said: ‘We read Charlie’s story in The News and thought the family sounded like they could benefit from a holiday.

‘It’s really a place for people to take a break and enjoy themselves.’

As reported, Charlie, suffers from a range of disorders – including chronic kidney disease – physical disabilities, and is unable to eat.

Doctors diagnosed him with a rare bone disorder syndrome.

He has chronic kidney disease, he had an abnormally-shaped head when he was born, his bladder does not work, he cannot eat and he is tube-fed.

Charlie has physical disabilities as he cannot straighten his arms, hips and legs and has a limited range of movement in most of his body.

In just 20 months, Charlie has had 10 operations, the most dangerous of which was an operation on his skull – to take it apart and put it back together again like a jigsaw.

‘This made space for his brain to grow.’

Yesterday, Charlie started at Haven Nursery School in Gosport.