It was all about rest and relaxation at the Colchester Recovery Centre for 12 loved ones as they checked in for a Respite weekend earlier this month.
The three day break was packed full of fun activities such as jewellery making, cupcake decorating and games as well as holistic treatments including Shiatsu, aromatherapy massage and Reiki plus beauty packages like manicures and pedicures.
The break was a chance for the partners, daughters and mothers of wounded servicemen and women to meet and share experiences in order to offer mutual support and advice. It was also an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy being pampered.
Many of the Help for Heroes Band of Sisters are carers to their injured loved ones, they also hold down full time jobs, some are mothers/ fathers/sons and daughters; some are even studying full time. Keeping all the balls in the air is an exhausting daily challenge. The Respite weekend was the chance for these unsung heroes to enjoy some much deserved ‘me time’ and to recharge the batteries ready to continue their much needed and valued support back home.
"Ready to start living again"
For Lindsay Mccafferty it was her first visit to the Recovery Centre. Speaking about the weekend Lindsay said:
“It has been so amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect and have felt truly spoiled for the first time in too many years. Thank you”
Since then, Lindsay has used the Centre on a regular basis, attending the weekly yoga classes and is instantly feeling the benefits. She added:
“All Band of Sisters need to do this. I have come home so refreshed and ready to start living again, not just existing. My family deserve better, I deserve better. Step one is getting hubby back on the can do wagon rather than can not wagon.”
And true to her word Lindsay’s hubby Dave attended the Centre’s weekly Rifle Club activity. The verdict “He has not stopped smiling all day!”
The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters network is open to loved ones, both male and female, who care for those who have sustained career limiting/ending injuries or illness during or attributable to service.
Members have the chance to get in touch with other people who understand what it is like to care for their nearest and dearest, giving them the opportunity to support each other through the days ahead. Members of the Band of Sisters network receive the same financial and welfare support that Help for Heroes offers through the Quick Reaction Fund, but in addition have opportunities to take up offers donated to us by the very supportive public.
To find out more about the Band of Sisters fellowship please visit www.helpforheroes/get-support/band-of-sisters