Mark Albutt, a firefighter with Hereford & Worcester FRS, has visited Harcombe House twice with his family for some time out to rest and recharge – and that’s all thanks to your donations over the years.

Sometimes, knowing when you’re in need of some time out can be one of the most instrumental parts of your recovery – whatever it is you’ve been going through.

And Mark Albutt has seen first-hand how a week away from his day-to-day life can prove really beneficial, for both him and the rest of his family.

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Mark, a firefighter with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, has visited Harcombe House, our centre in Devon, twice – firstly following the death of his father-in-law, and more recently as he was living with depression and anxiety.

These weeks away at our centres offer anyone in need of some time out, whether on their own or with their family members, a chance to recharge. They provide you with the space and opportunity to unwind, relax and reflect on your wellbeing and yourself.

You can find out more about the stays here.

We caught up with Mark on his most recent visit, with his wife Sarah and two of his five sons:

“I’ve come to Harcombe House for a lovely, relaxing week with my family. I’ve brought my wife and two of my five children,” Mark told us.

“Our initial visit to Harcombe House for recuperation was when Sarah’s father died. It was obviously a very sad time, and the Charity were there and offered support with a week at Harcombe.

“It was a really nice, relaxing time to gel together and support Sarah in her grief. It’s great the Charity can give support to not only existing firefighters and retired firefighters, but also the families.”

Mark started experiencing feelings of depression and anxiety more recently, amid pressures both at work and at home. Fortunately, he knew where to turn right away…

“As I’m not in a perfect place yet and I’m still working at that with the depression and anxiety I was diagnosed with, I thought it was an ideal time to have a rest and recharge through the Charity,” adds Mark.

“It really does boost your batteries and I’ve really felt better this week. It takes you out of yourself, out of your normal life, and gets you somewhere different with some refreshing air and somewhere different to look at.

“I believe recently they’ve redone all the bungalows so it’s all nice and fresh.”

You can find out more about our residential breaks here:

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