Abbie’s New Venture for Summer 2019 “Sparkle Lodge”
As a family we had a 3-5 year business plan to locate a Holiday Home at one Abbie’s favorite locations, Aviemore. Due to the phenomenal success of Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation in its first year and following the full approval of the committee this will become reality in June/July 2019.
The 6-8 Berth Static Holiday Home will be situated at Dalraddy Holiday Park on Alvie Estate in Kincraig 4 miles from Aviemore.
The lodge will be used primarily by families whose children are affected by Cancer and meet our criteria as laid out in our SCIO constitution. This could mean they are in treatment, in remission or a bereaved family.
There is a huge amount for the families to enjoy in Aviemore; there are also activities to take part in on the estate. If the families need a quieter time then they can enjoy the comfort of the holiday home, which is described as ‘stunning, true value for money, glamorous and a beautiful place to relax and unwind’. Three of those words have also been used to describe Abbie and we feel she would be proud to be able to provide this Sparkly treat for families facing the tough challenges that she endured herself.
Key Features of “Sparkle lodge”
Due to the potential weather conditions in Aviemore, the Holiday Home will arrive with additional winterization features. This will protect the lodge and provide extra warmth and comfort, allowing families to visit all year round.
The Holiday Home, will be finished in oak coloured Canexel, which is a high-density wood composite cladding, this will give it the appearance of a lodge.
There will be a large south facing decking area with disabled access, this will provide a family seating area and will lead to a fenced garden for the children to play. The garden will contain a flowerbed and special tree in memory of Abbie.
This venture will require continued funding in the way of annual fees and upkeep. The charity will also work with local businesses and attractions to provide vouchers to allow families to use their facilities for free and make there holiday a truly memorable occasion.
Vision for Abbie’s New Venture
The Holiday Home will remain at Dalraddy Holiday Park for 20 years.
We aim to accommodate as many families as possible. Only when the Holiday Home is not required by a family who meet the charity criteria, we plan to use the vacant time to let the Holiday home out to the general public, with the help of Dalraddy Holiday Park this could be approximately 10-15 times per year. This income will be used towards the running cost of ‘Sparkle Lodge’ and additional Sparkles.
Having this holiday home in Aviemore, for many many years to come will enable Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation to help hundreds of Families and Children and have a sustained social impact. We believe it will be true value for money and provide an opportunity for special Sparkly memories to be created.