The West Coast Café is a small café in Lancashire run by myself and my husband and just 2 staff, who have been with us since we opened in 2016. When it comes to the summer, everyone starts to plan their holidays and we talk to our customers about where we are going, where they have been and our favourite places to visit in the world. However, one of our staff members isn't able to join in this conversation as she has never been on holiday. She has never been on a plane and never left the UK.
She has 8 children but, despite having a large family, she has always worked really hard and has dedicated herself to them. Her children are now grown up and some are mothers themselves, but Ali has still not managed to go on holiday. She is the most selfless person I have ever met and will do anything for anyone. To her, her own needs are not important.
She works part time because she has arthritis in her knees and money is tight and I know that she is struggling to save for a holiday. Something always happens, like the car breaking down, or the oven needs replacing, and her small holiday pot gets used on something else.
I would love to send her and her husband away on holiday, whether it is a city break to Paris or Rome or a week in the sun for her to relax. However, we cannot do it alone and would love to get some help from kind and generous individuals. I cannot tell you how much this will mean to her. She is 54 years old and never had a holiday. Can you imagine?