Playing on the beach and singing on stage were some of the highlights for Louise Osborn’s holiday with our charity.
Louise, now aged 42, was the youngest of six, four boys and two girls, and they lived with their parents in Hastings Road.
She thinks her mum Betty may have instigated the move for Louise to go on one of our holidays. She was aged 10 when she went to the popular centre at Mablethorpe right on the dunes. She remembers going three or four times and once stayed for a whole month.
Louise said: “It was fantastic and we lived in a carefree world. The girls and boys were kept separate and dinner time was really loud. I loved it and was never homesick.
“We played on the beach a lot and once a group of us formed a singing group. We were taken in the minibus to a hall where we sang for members of a social club, including songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In return, the club members donated money to pay for items for our centre.”
During her stay her mum visited and took her out for the day and bought her treats.
Louise now lives with husband Stewart and two children aged 21 and 17 in the Saffron Lane area of Leicester. She said: “I was always so happy there and I always say that if I won the Lottery I would donate money to the charity which helped me.
“My Mablethorpe holidays gave me a lifelong love of the place. When my two boys were growing up, we always took them there. If we’re planning a day out, we always say ‘let’s go to Mablethorpe’. It is our kind of place and dear to my heart and I am grateful to Leicester Children’s Holidays for the chance to enjoy it. I’ll never forget it.
“I understand the charity moving with the times and the Hilltop Outdoor Centre holidays look amazing. Any child would love the chance to go there. My trip when I was a child in 1989 was great for me. For 2020, an activity holiday is just perfect for today’s children.”