After Umbrage aims to provide idyllic holiday accommodation in some of the more scenic areas of rural Britain so that those who take care of loved ones with a terminal illness may have the break away that they truly deserve.

Maggie says her greatest joy is that Daniel has grown to be a polite and creative young man, facing life bravely and cheerfully

Date: December 9th, 2019
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Maggie says her greatest joy is that Daniel has grown to be a polite and creative young man, facing life bravely and cheerfully

Beneficiaries of After Umbrage are a resilient little crowd. Behind their stoic fronts lie amazing stories. This is the tale of the Raja Family of a small village on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. Daniel Raja was born with only half a functioning heart and other complications. The condition is called Hypoplastic Left Heart
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‘I love being part of the After Umbrage story’

Date: November 15th, 2019
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‘I love being part of the After Umbrage story’

Vanda Rorbach, beneficiary of After Umbrage, became a carer for her Mum, Lynne, six years ago. Lynne has frontal temporal dementia and last year was diagnosed with cancer. Her Mum has never smoked and doesn’t drink so it was a huge shock. As a very active woman all her life – sometimes holding down two jobs
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Andre gave up his career, lifestyle and ambitions to care for his parents

Date: October 28th, 2019
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Andre gave up his career, lifestyle and ambitions to care for his parents

“I’ve given up my career, lifestyle and ambitions to concentrate on caring, initially for my disabled Dad, and in recent years since his death, I’ve put this time in for Mum. She is my angel and the most precious thing in my life.” Andre Tarassians, Beneficiary of After Umbrage  Stories such as Andre’s need to
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World Mental Health Day 2019

Date: October 9th, 2019
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World Mental Health Day 2019

This year, World Mental Health Day falls on Thursday 10th October. It presents a perfect opportunity to praise and thank the many charities, organisations and the NHS for their work. Time to Change, the campaign that pledges to end mental health stigma, Heads Together with patrons, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Top Tips to make booking a break easier

Date: July 16th, 2019
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Top Tips to make booking a break easier

Beneficiaries of After Umbrage are carers of loved ones with a life limiting conditions. For them, life contains perpetual rounds of hospital visits, form filling in and sleepless nights. They worry about what the next day will unfold. They are constantly on the go, feeling unwell themselves but have no time for self-care. Furthermore, often
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Relief of suffering for those who care

Date: June 25th, 2019
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Relief of suffering for those who care

The essence of Sue Ryder and her dedication to the relief of suffering is in evidence everywhere at St John’s Hospice near Moggerhanger, Bedford. There is a warmth that the social workers, staff nurses and volunteers embody and it was a complete pleasure to visit this month. We were invited to give a talk on
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Boost your mood and bring your dog to Kingham Cottage

Date: May 24th, 2019
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Boost your mood and bring your dog to Kingham Cottage

Science is helping us understand that our relationships with our pets come with some pretty powerful mental and physical health benefits. Dogs and cats in particular can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. With this in mind, we will be welcoming new guests with
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After Umbrage reaches carers by linking with hospices across England

Date: March 19th, 2019
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After Umbrage reaches carers by linking with hospices across England

In the Autumn of 2017, After Umbrage won funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.  Subsequently, our focus has been to reach more carers so that they can come and have a free break at Kingham Cottage. One strategy has been to link with hospices across England to build relationships. The people working there support carers going
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We are on the BBC

Date: January 9th, 2019
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We are on the BBC

It was our radio debut for After Umbrage yesterday and we enjoyed a little moment of fame as we were interviewed by Jeremy Sallis on his lunchtime show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. It was a great opportunity to talk to people living, working, visiting and studying in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and tell them our story. We explained
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Alexandra taught Rachael patience

Date: November 19th, 2018
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Alexandra taught Rachael patience

Our loved ones teach us many coveted qualities and for Rachael, Alexandra taught her patience and enabled her to develop the power of courage and determination. Alexandra is ‘a force and a very strong character’ according to Rachael and her husband, Ian, who have cared for her every day of her 46 years. Alexandra Scott
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