Me and Dee Charity
Who are me&dee?
me&dee charity is a registered charity and was formed to create special moments and memories to both children and adults who have a life threatening, life shortening or terminal conditions.
Maria Hanson MBE, our founder and CEO, wanted to prove that a simple holiday could provide a place where the families could share precious time. For the last seven years me&dee have provided memory holidays at the seaside in Mablethorpe on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast by way of two lovely spacious caravans.
A time for change
For some time, Maria and Mark have been thinking of an alternative solution to the way the charity provides our memory holidays. So, a plan was formed with the Trustees to make sure that families could have a facility with less traveling time, easy access to the M1 corridor, for quick and easy ways to get back to their home or hospital if required to do so.
Our new forever home
In July 2019 an appeal was launched to raise funds to purchase a lodge, our Forever Home, by way of people buying square footage, a mammoth task costing £150,000.
The lodge has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large lounge, kitchen and utility room along with a very large decking area and hot tub and will be sited at Sherwood Hideaway on the Thoresby Estate Nottinghamshire.
The degree of comfort for families and for someone receiving palliative care and near end of life care is so much better than what the caravans could offer, with the size of the beds and size of the lodge along with the hot tub and the extremely peaceful spot tucked away in a clearing in the forest.
The lodge will provide our families with somewhere to take a break from the routine of hospital visits, receiving treatment and the day to day routine that goes along with someone in the family being very poorly.
To those who meet our criteria we can offer, a full week away our if preferred, either a weekend or mid-week break, depending on what their circumstances may be.
Our holiday home is fully equipped with everything that people need for their break away and more besides. The lodge has quilts, pillows, mattress covers and bedding, the kitchen is fully equipped, all the families need to bring to the lodge is their own food and drink.
Every effort is made, that if necessary, we can accommodate respirators, kidney dialysis, carers and nurses and an exhaustive list to ensure this potentially last holiday has a high impact for our families.
Me & dee charity
18A, Castle Lane