Hendra Holiday Experience

Newquay Lions have been organising an annual holiday for deserving families/groups for over 27 years, and we have enjoyed the support of many Lions clubs and other organisations from all over the country.


For the past 27 years Newquay Lions Club have been providing a week’s holiday for needy families.

Last year we advertised our holiday event in Lion Magazine. Several Clubs responded and sponsored families.

In October of last year we hosted 19 families (83 people) for one week’s holiday, providing all accommodation, daily excursions, on site activities, travel and entertainment.

Just a couple of examples of how we all helped to change people’s lives:-

Anthony has learning difficulties and is very quiet and withdrawn.  Entertainment on the last night was a Karaoke Night.  Anthony decided he would like to stand up and sing a Frank Sinatra song.  What a voice he had – as good as Frank!  Everyone was amazed, including his long-time carer who had tears in his eyes!!

Another young teenager has agoraphobia.  We managed to persuade her, with her parents, to join the first excursion to Crealy Adventure Park and she ended up having a whale of a time.  She was still unsure about the following day’s excursion but she did come and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her parents told us, at the end of the week’s holiday, what an amazing difference there had been with their daughter during the course of the week.

Of course, the holiday also gives some well-earned respite to the carers.  It gives immense satisfaction to us Lions as well – seeing all the smiley faces!

If you would like to get involved with us in making a difference please contact one of us listed below. The holiday this year is scheduled from the 27th September until 4th October. We would love to hear from you.

Lion Graham Jelly  01637 860159  graham.jelly@newquaylions.org

Lion Chris Rodger   07979 147508  chris.rodger@newquaylions.org

Graham Willmott   01637 878377  willmo.newquay@btinternet.com