The people at Revitalise, a charity creating holidays for disabled people and carers, believe that the chance to get away from daily stresses and strains and enjoy a re-energising change of scene is vital for everyone.

Steve lives with his wife, Karen and daughter, Natalie. Six years ago, Steve suddenly and unexpectedly had a stroke, which left him a full-time wheelchair user with a weakened left side and limited mobility.

The hardest part for Steve was to give up his much-loved job as a London bus driver. He loved meeting different people each day but since becoming ill, he spends a lot of time at home by himself.

“I miss my work. I miss having people around me. I’m a very positive person, but I get lonely when Karen’s out at work.”

It was Steve’s social worker who first told the family about the benefits of a Revitalise holiday. Steve now enjoys respite at
Revitalise Jubilee
Lodge in Chigwell,

“Revitalise gives me a great sense of life. I get to see so many things and I love meeting people. Karen can catch up with things and go places while I’m away. When I come back I feel much more alive.”

For more information about Revitalise, tel: 0303 303 0145 or visit: