Such a simple message but one which often gets overlooked in our busy and hectic lives. The older we get, the more we seem to miss the wonder and awe in the world around us. Find the Wonderful in Today is the family motto of the Codling Family – a unique family who now offer a sanctuary within the dunes of Perranporth in memory of their son Charlie.
In March 2012, Charlie Codling was suddenly diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incurable brain tumour. Devastatingly after only 5 months, Charlie passed away on 6 September 2012, just 2 weeks before his 5th birthday. The family was fortunate to be surrounded by many amazing friends and family who not only gave them unwavering support but they also raised a staggering amount of money which helped them forge some wonderful memories with Charlie.
As a fitting memorial to Charlie, they decided to start the charity: Charlie’s Beach Hut Fund. Charlie’s, is a beach hut style caravan at Perran Sands in Perranporth which aims to provide families of children with life limiting illnesses and families of firefighters that have suffered bereavement, or life changing injury whilst in the line of duty, a relaxing environment so they can forge some forever memories, in a hope that they too can ‘Find the Wonderful in Today’.
We were honoured to be invited to spend some time at Charlie’s just months after Felix was diagnosed. This was the first date that we put in our diary; this was the first time we looked to the future. That was April 2016 and we have just returned from a wonderful time away.
I have never visited a place before that is enriched with such emotion and tranquility. You could feel the love, warmth and compassion emanating from all aspects of this special hut on the cusp of the sea. With the sun on our faces and waves close by, we had all the therapy we needed in those five days. We couldn’t help but be inspired by Charlie’s love for life, strength, humour and caring nature and found strength from spending time in his memory. The proximity of the sea and the beautiful views allowed us to relax in the beauty of the natural world. Although we never met Charlie, we will forever remember him, Karen, Steve, Freya and Isla as Charlie’s Hut provided us with such a sense of peace, love and togetherness which we could not have experienced anywhere else.
There are many charities such as Charlie’s Hut which are founded through loss of a loved-one. These charities provide families a unique opportunity to look to the future and provide a sanctuary to make memories and simply enjoy living. These charities mean so much to the families they help and support.
We will be forever grateful to Charlie’s Hut for the memories we made there. It really is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring places you will ever find.
If you have two minutes, please help raise awareness about Charlie’s Beach Hut Charity and help more families Find the Wonderful in Today. Thank you.