Sophie Powell was just 11 years old when she sadly passed away in January 2017 after a two-year courageous battle with cancer. Sophie had her life mapped out and part of that was raising money to support poorly children like her. It was something she was always very passionate about.
Sophie told her parents, Karen and Steve, and her sister Emma, of her dream to raise enough money to buy a holiday home for children like herself. She wanted other children battling cancer to share the fun and happy memories she enjoyed while holidaying on the Isle of Wight. Her drive and determination inspired the Powell family and friends to fundraise to make her dream come true. In a short space of time, the Powell family raised enough funds to make her dream a reality.
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge is near the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight. It enjoys a breath-taking rural countryside setting, alongside a beautiful private sandy beach with glistening sea views. The beach affords safe bathing and is sheltered from the prevailing wind by the towering white cliffs of Culver. Towards the southerly end of the bay, there are rocks and pools for children to explore. Getting there is easy, you can catch a ferry from Portsmouth or Southampton which takes around 45 minutes followed by a 25-minute drive.
This is the home of Sophie’s Wish, a three-bedroom luxury lodge. It has a spacious lounge and dining area, a fully fitted kitchen, a family bathroom, a second WC, master, double and twin bedrooms. The lodge, tastefully decorated in purple – Sophie’s favourite colour – is equipped with everything you could possibly need including: digital TV and DVD player, DVD’s and family games. The only thing you need to bring is bed linen and towels. The lodge also has a secure spacious decked patio area with stepped access and gate, overlooking spectacular views across the Holiday Park.
There is plenty to do to keep the family entertained. The Holiday Park has an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a multi-sport court, an adventure playground, indoor soft play, daytime activities, and crazy golf. There is also a bar, diner and regular evening entertainment in the clubhouse.
On the island, there is a Paediatric Oncology Unit so that oncology families can spend family time away safe in the knowledge that it is close by.
Oncology families, are very welcome to stay at Sophie’s Wish for a holiday or weekend break funded by The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust. You can email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01959 570322 to make an enquiry, booking and to check availability. The Lodge is available throughout the year.
The Powell’s fundraising in memory of Sophie still continues and her legacy lives on.
Sophie was a kind, loving and caring little girl and so loved her holidays on the Isle of Wight. Sophie would be so proud to know that children suffering and battling cancer will be having fun and making precious memories with their families at Sophie’s Wish.
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