New caravan for town charity

Ben's Den 2`

Ben's Den 2`

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JUST in time for the summer holidays, Ilkeston’s best-loved charity has announced that it’s newest caravan is ready to be used.

Tracey Parker, co-founder of The Ben Parker Trust told the Advertiser this week that ‘Ben’s Den 2’ – a large static caravan – is much bigger than the one it has replaced.

Damage caused by vandals

Damage caused by vandals

The charity – set up in memory of Tracey and husband Darren’s son Ben, who died aged 13 from leukaemia – sends terminally ill children to the pair of eight-berth caravans it owns at the Haven site in the Lincolnshire coastal resort of Mablethorpe.

Tracey said: “I’m a bit more relaxed now it’s ready to be used – hopefully it will keep us going for the next few years.”

Earlier this year, the caravan, which Ben’s Den 2 has replaced was badly vandalised, Tracey explained.

The door was forced and salt and bleach were poured all over, badly damaging the carpet.

“I was really disappointed that somebody could do that,” she said.