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Thursday 8 Apr, 2021
Time together as a family is so important for a family who has a sick child.
However, planning a holiday means added financial pressure, and anxiety of finding somewhere to keep your child safe, as well as close to the hospital in case of an emergency.
That’s why families who have a child with cancer, and families who have lost a child to cancer are welcome to stay at Bradley’s Place, our respite accommodation, free of charge.
Bradley’s Place at Lower Inman Valley is located close to great beaches, Victor Harbor, Granite Island and Urimbirra Wildlife Park – all within reasonable proximity to Adelaide.
This purpose-built holiday home is named after one of Neil and Robyn Walker’s four-year-old twins, Bradley, who died from cancer in 1991.
Through their experience, Neil and Robyn appreciated how important a support network was and they became actively involved in fundraising for the Childhood Cancer Association.
Their hard work paid off, as they were able to build and donate Bradley’s Place in 2004 for families, just like theirs, to use.
This special place has become a peaceful haven away from some of the stresses and demands that come with this life-changing illness.
Your generous donation will take the worry out of a family finding and paying for holiday accommodation so they can concentrate on the health and wellbeing of their child.
$40 = one night of respite accommodation
$80 = one weekend of respite accommodation
$280 = one week of respite accommodation
The Stainer family decided to stay at Bradley’s Place while their daughter Lucy was on cancer treatment.
Mum, Angela, says they had the most amazing time.
“We had never been to Victor Harbor before but it was a perfect opportunity for our family to spend much-needed quality time together outside of our home, and in a safe environment for Lucy,” Angela says.
“The girls loved the playground, breakfast on the deck every morning, and dinner at night watching the cows come over the hill for a feed. We visited most of the local attractions, including using our voucher at Urimbirra Wildlife Park.
“The time away meant so much to us as we had been living apart for 12 months, with Lucy and myself in Adelaide for her cancer treatment, and my husband Rick, and our other children Jaikara and Charli in Whyalla at work and school.”
For all families the time together is so valuable and every memory is cherished.
“To have seven days away without worrying about the financial burden of accommodation takes the stress out of the situation and knowing we were entering a clean, safe environment for Lucy was a major plus,” Angela says.
“To this day, our girls still talk about the amazing time we had there from the beach walks to just relaxing on the balcony enjoying the serenity.”