When Bob O’Hagan heard that the oven at one of the properties owned by the Harriet Davis Trust had broken down, he suggested to the committee of Tenby Lodge that it was something they could help with, and it was quickly agreed to provide the funds for a new oven.
Harriet Davis suffered from a rare degenerative metabolic disease. She was unable to speak and lost most of her motor abilities. Seaside holidays, in the company of family and friends, were a source of great joy to her. Her parents, in caring for an increasingly frail child, were constantly reminded of the lack of suitable holiday accommodation which would allow a severely disabled child to take part in a real family holiday. When Harriet died at the age of eleven in 1992, John and Kit Davis set up the Harriet Davis Trust as a tribute to her shining and indomitable spirit.
The Trust is a charity that enables disabled children, their families, and carers to enjoy a seaside holiday. The self-catering holiday houses in Tenby and the surrounding area have been suitably constructed and equipped for disabled children. Facilities include lifts, hoist systems, profile beds and special bathrooms with wet room areas and Kingcraft baths.
The wheelchair accessible holiday houses are each unique for their sea views or locations and are available all year round for families with disabled children up to the age of twenty-one. All four houses cater for adults with disabilities and mobility needs as well as care home residents outside of school holiday times, and each house has a family helper to help with arrival details and local information.
The oven was installed at the Wheelabout house in Penally. Among those pictured in the grounds are Tenby Lodge Past Master Bob O’Hagan (far left), Kit Davis the mother of Harriet and founder of the Trust, Tenby Lodge Charity Steward Steve Thurgood, the Slater family who were on holiday at the house, and members of the Harriet Davis Trust team.