Me and Dee Charity
“If you had a loved one who was living with a life limiting condition, if your family was facing a short and uncertain future together, you would want to make the time they had left together as special as possible…..wouldn’t you?”
The me&dee registered charity based in Derby was formed in 2006 to create special memory experiences when time is short or precious and to date, more than 2,000 families have been helped through the support of our charity.
My name is Maria Hanson and I am the founder and CEO of the charity. Before setting up the charity, I had had 18 major operations performed, some of those lifesaving, but causing huge amounts of scarring and leaving me with two stoma bags. My cousin Delia had cancer.
We were amazed at how many charities had huge amounts of tick box forms, excluding many including myself, who could not tick a box when applying for help, and a huge need to justify yourself, and also, little personal interaction.
Delia and I decided to break this mould, making the application form very simple, no tick boxes and support at the end of the phone 24/7. Sadly, Delia passed away at the end of 2005. I continued with me&dee as a legacy to her and run it in the way that we both envisioned. No awards are looked for, I have remained unsalaried and working 7 days a week for the 12 years of our charity.
What do we do?
We have a static caravan on a lovely site at the seaside town of Mablethorpe. This is Dee’s Den. It is a large luxury caravan, with central heating, large decking and beautiful views across lake s and woods, in a very quiet area. Included in the holiday is a sea front new and modern beach hut with running water and electricity. The back of the beach hut opens on to Queens Park with boating lake, cafe, large paddling pool and host of activities giving the best of both worlds, beach front seclusion at the front, activities at the rear. This is for families who are facing short and uncertain futures together.
Our criteria is for anyone of any age with any life threatening, life shortening and terminal condition. In this way, we help many families facing short and uncertain futures who cannot tick cancer and leukaemia and brain tumour boxes, such as those with aplastic anaemia, MS, Cerebral Palsy and a whole host of conditions.
We have a warm and cosy chalet on the Chalet Park in Mablethorpe. This is Daz’s Den and run as a legacy to my friend who took his life after serving for 13 years. The chalet is a lovely little retreat, open lounge and kitchen, double and single bedroom with every luxury including orthopaedic mattresses, shower and toilet and a large decking area. This is on a small, quiet site and only minutes’ walk from miles of sandy beaches and dunes to enjoy.
Unfortunately, our holiday homes are not wheelchair accessible internally.
32 Friar Gate