What is The Border Holiday Group?
The Border Holiday Group aims to provide a holiday of a lifetime to Europe for sick and disabled people who would otherwise be unable to travel, and at the same time provide their carers at home with a much needed rest.
The group consists of twenty-four people, of which a maximum of eight are V.I.P.'s, the remainder being, carers and medics. They are taken on a ten-day coach holiday to a venue in Austria, Italy, Germany or Switzerland.
The disabled have no worries about mobility or medical assistance because they are looked after from the moment they arrive at the local departure point for the holiday until their return. Each has their own helper who will care for them throughout the trip.
To provide these holidays the Group needs to raise approximately £20,000 for each trip. The Group Leader, his medical team and the helpers are all volunteers, for whom this is a working trip, using their own holiday time to care for those less fortunate than themselves.
The coach the group uses for these trips is called a Jumbulance . It is a specially designed bus which has up to eight beds, upwards of twenty seats, a toilet and a kitchen. Access to the bus is via a hydrolic lift at the rear, enabling V.I.P.'s direct transfer from their wheelchair to coach seat or bed. The bus has ambulance status and is fully kitted out for first aid medical treatment.