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A chance to breathe

It’s hard to imagine a life without holidays – the excitement of climbing aboard an aeroplane and heading to a warm destination with sandy beaches and blue seas. Or even taking a weekend to explore the beautiful countryside this country has to offer. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without the occasional break, away from the busyness of life. But the hard-hitting reality is that many people in poverty in the UK have never had the chance.

For CAP client Jackie, this year’s Client Break was a much needed rest stop. She and her two children had never been on a holiday before.

Jackie is a single mum and said, ‘It means the world to me that my children have had a holiday.’ The highlight was ‘getting the kids out of the house and doing lots of fun things!’

CAP has the privilege of taking clients away on short breaks each year. Some Client Breaks are adult-only, and others are for the whole family. Activities include film nights, archery, pamper sessions, games, quizzes and walks. Most importantly, they present a chance to break isolation and create friendships – often families stay in touch after the breaks. Clients often talk about the opportunity to leave their worries at home and relax in peaceful surroundings.

This year CAP ran twelve Client Breaks across the UK and took almost 1,000 people away for a well deserved rest. The breaks are free of charge for all CAP clients, and give us the chance to treat and pamper families who cannot afford this luxury themselves.

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