In January 2013 Jasper was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer – his oncologist told us his prognosis was to be “measured in months rather than years”.
By Sharon King, Jasper's wife
In October 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 2a Breast cancer, my prognosis was that it could be treated.
One year, one household, one couple; 2 cancers. We somehow found our way onward through this devastating year and the one that followed. Applying for funding to take holidays gave me some sort of focus, the application processes, the planning, the action.
We both found regular holidays gave us something to look forward to, something to hold onto. The holidays didn’t change our outcomes, sometimes they felt daunting and challenging and quite often we didn’t want to go due to illness and emotional overload.
However, they gave us space to be, time to be with one another and with family and friends, away from hospital appointments, keeping house, and simply managing, or not. They became a vital tool in our coping and we never regretted taking them.
EIGG AND HARVEST MOON
Eigg was where we had always planned to make a home, somewhere that had always soothed us with its wild beauty, nature and community.
East Lothian and Harvest Moon were much closer to our home in Edinburgh, and as Jasper became more unwell, we were very lucky to have a few holidays there, right on the beach, enjoying comfortable and warm glamping and simply being outdoors but close enough to the hospital to feel safe.
The Trust's aims are simple; to provide opportunities for families to step out of the normal ways of coping, to leave some of the practical stuff of coping with illness behind and to find peace in space and beautiful landscapes.
“Time for deep conversations. Time to breathe. Time to be in a very natural environment was amazing for us all. From the booking, this holiday was a wonderful thing to look forward to. A beacon in times of uncertainty.”
Creating a lasting legacy in Jasper’s name, helping to create positive memories and experiences for families under pressure, in places of significant beauty.
“The boys loved it. Often at home they are exhausted and grumpy with their grief but they were out playing football and rugby with other kids until dark!
"It was so nice for us to see them just be normal kids for a while, looking relaxed and happy.... It was the first time in nearly nine months since losing our son that we felt a calmness and some inner peace.
"There is something about the sea and going back to basics."