During the mid-eighties Lin Berwick, who has cerebral palsy, is blind and wheelchair-bound wanted to go on holiday with her husband. In spite of trying several advertised holiday houses for the disabled, she found nothing that could cope with her serious disabilities.
She decided to found a charity which would create purpose-built holiday cottages, fully equipped with maximum facilities. Her mission was clear; to design cottages in which seriously disabled people would be able to have a relaxing and stress-free holiday.
In 1989 she founded The Lin Berwick Trust along with some good friends. They began raising funds to build the first cottage. The Trustees of the charity not only raised the necessary finance but also appreciated that Lin’s knowledge of disability requirements could make these properties unique in their ability to cope with almost all possible needs of the disabled.
In 1997 Berwick Cottage was opened in East Harling, a pretty village in Norfolk. This was followed in 2006 by Denis Duncan House in the quaint village of Dirleton, East Lothian. By 2013, they were able to open the third cottage, Ralph Boyce House, in Cornwall.
It is with Lin’s knowledge and the experience of the Trust that we have been able to provide fantastic holidays for everyone no matter how serious their disability.