A travel company celebrated 20 years last weekend of providing tours and holidays for adults with learning disabilities.
Breakaway Holidays held a party at Galleywood Heritage Centre near Chelmsford on Saturday March 3 which was attended by the Mayor of Chelmsford Councillor Duncan Lumley and his wife Edna plus many customers who have holidayed with them over the last 20 years.
Breakaway was set up in 1998 by Penny Elsip to provide short breaks and longer holidays in the UK and abroad.
Penny said: “Having worked in social care in Essex for eight years, I started Breakaway after realising there was a real need for holidays for adults with learning disabilities who could not access other holidays due to the support they required.
“At first we ran day trips to France but have grown and grown. We now organise over 55 holidays a year all round Europe and the UK. We go to Disneyland, go on a Welsh steam train holiday and we now have a Harry Potter holiday just to name a couple.
“Our customers get specialist and personal care included from our experienced and qualified couriers. We only take seven customers per trip and all holidays are full board.
“All holidays are accessible, and many are suitable for customers with limited mobility. We have customers that come from all walks of life and it’s exciting to meet them, hear their stories and see them having lots of fun.
“We are also now official agents for Butlins and Bourne Leisure, the first Supported holiday company to achieve this.”
Over 150 adults attended with a range of learning disabilities and after having some food, the mayor and mayoress cut the cake.
The mayor said: “MENCAP is one of my nominated charities this year so the learning disability field is high on my agenda. I am very pleased to be here tonight and I am thrilled that this Great Baddow based business has helped so many people over the last 20 years.”
MENCAP is an independent local charity that provides services for people with a learning difficulties.
Penny concluded: “This is going to be an exciting year celebrating our 20th year. We have introduced some new, more active holidays as well as many suitable for customers with physical mobility issues.”
Anyone interested in holidays can find details at www.breakawaysupportedholidays.co.uk.