Every year in May, the charity takes 10 disabled, sick, terminally ill and/or wheelchair-bound Guernsey residents on holiday for 10 days. Because these people are special to us, we call them VIPs.
VIPs do not pay for any travel or accommodation, their only outlay being souvenirs, postcards or presents to take home to their families.
Nominations for VIPs to travel can come from doctors, community nurses and family - anyone who thinks that someone deserves a break.
Often it is the carer at home who is in desperate need of some free time, and he/she can have the break they desperately need while their husband/wife/child has a holiday with the Guernsey Jumbulance.
In May 2022, after a two year break due to Covid, we took 10 people to Plymouth. During our trip we visited the Eden Project, Dartmoor Zoo, Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, and took a ride on a steam train with South Devon Railway.
Historically every other year we have driven overnight from St. Malo to Lourdes in the Pyrenees, staying in a hotel specially equipped for wheelchair bound/terminally ill people.
As well as Plymouth, we have also previously visited London, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Southern Ireland, the Loire Valley, Cornwall, South Tyrol, Paris, Austria, Blackpool and the Lake District.
Photos from some of our previous holidays can be found below.
The Guernsey Jumbulance team for a holiday consists of a doctor, two nurses, a Group Leader and 10 helpers (all VIPs have a designated helper on a one-to-one basis). All need to be fit and health as there is a lot of physical work to be done, all accomplished as a team.
Guernsey Jumbulance Holidays is a registered Guernsey Charity - 081
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