Together Grant enables visit to The Houses of Parliament
22 May 2014
The Together Grants are aimed at residents of Cornwall who are carers, and for those being cared for. The purpose is to allow quality time to be spent together away from the caring role. £200 is the maximum grant available.
Valerie and Leighton Peacock decided to use the £200 Together Grant to visit somewhere where they had always wanted to go. They visited The Houses of Parliament and met local MP Andrew George.
Mrs Peacock said “I remembered I had been told that it was possible to apply to our local MP for a pass to visit The Houses of Parliament. I knew this was something my husband had always wanted to do. I decided I would make all the arrangements and present the details to him on his 71st birthday in February 2014. Andrew George our MP was very helpful and his team arranged the permit and a meeting with Mr George afterwards. The morning visit to Parliament was brilliant, a wheelchair had been arranged and we enjoyed it all. It was great to see Leighton fully digesting the information that our guide gave us. It sparked many conversations afterwards as my husband was able to relate to the information with his own background knowledge. Included in the tour we visited the Commons Chamber, Lords Chamber, Westminster Hall, Central Lobby, Lords and Commons Libraries and St Stephens Hall and Chapel Cloister. Meeting Mr George afterwards was very pleasant. We also had a great time in our hotel, a dessert was presented with a candle and staff and other diners sang Happy Birthday. Obviously our son had told them about the special event.”
“One of the most important aspects of the trip that the CCF helped to fund, was that it has made my husband and I realise that we can still do things together that we can really enjoy.”