Holidays are a time to relax and unwind and get away with the family. But when you have a disability having a break at home or abroad isn't always easy. Sometimes accommodation isn't accessible or there aren't the facilities needed for a comfortable stay. Former RAF Armourer Andy Phillips, who occasionally uses a wheelchair, suffered a spinal injury during the 1990 Gulf War which eventually led to his discharge. He found it either too difficult, or too expensive, to get away on holiday until he discovered the RAF Benevolent Fund's Disabled Holiday Trust. In this guest blog Andy tells us more about his trip to South Wales.
It's been a long time since I've been able to get away with my family. When you are in a wheelchair it isn’t easy to find a holiday that's accessible and affordable.
You worry whether there are stairs, or whether the bathroom is accessible and you also want to go somewhere the whole family can enjoy.
I discovered the Disabled Holiday Trust a few years ago and booked a break to St Brides Castle in South Wales. It was ideal for me and my children, who were aged 16 and 19 at the time. We stayed in a self-catering chalet which was completely accessible and there was plenty for us all to do. It was ideal.
I think the Disabled Holiday Trust is an amazing idea and I'm really glad I applied. It makes going on holiday a lot easier as you know that all of the breaks have been checked and they're suitable for anyone with a disability. I would definitely use it again.
In 2014 Andy took up Archery and won a gold medal with the British Archery team at the Invictus Games, which took place that same year. He is currently training for the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.
Find out more about Disabled Holiday Trust and how to apply for a break.