We are pleased that our oncology families are starting to use ‘Sophie’s Wish’ Lodge, on the Isle of Wight, especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

Two families visited ‘Sophie’s Wish’ during the Easter break. They had a lovely time, enjoying the beautiful and peaceful area of Whitecliff Bay. More families are already booked to visit Sophie’s Lodge over the May half-term and summer holidays.

The sand and shingle beach of Whitecliff Bay is situated near the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight in Bembridge. The name comes from the high chalk Culver Cliffs at the southern end of the beach which form part of a site of significant geological interest. These cliffs are also rich in fossils. The beach affords safe bathing and is sheltered from the prevailing wind by the towering white cliffs of Culver. Towards the southerly end of the bay, there are rocks and pools for children to explore.

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park enjoys a breath-taking rural countryside setting, alongside the beautiful private sandy beach enjoying glistening sea views. It’s a short trip by ferry from Portsmouth or Southampton and just a 20-30 minute drive away from the port. There is plenty to do to keep everyone entertained during your stay: indoor pool and outdoor pool, multi-sport court, adventure playground, indoor soft play, Play & My Active daytime activities, crazy golf, a bar, diner and evening entertainment.

Sophie’s Wish
Sophie’s Wish is a three-bedroom luxury lodge for up to a family of six. It offers a spacious lounge dining area with a fully fitted kitchen, a family bathroom and a second wc, with master, double and twin bedrooms. There is central heating throughout. The Lodge has a secure spacious decked patio area with stepped access and gate and overlooks spectacular views of the Bay. The Lodge also comes complete with DVD’s and family games just in case of those rainy days!

Sophie’s mum, Karen, said: “It’s fantastic that the families are using ‘Sophie’s Wish.’ Sophie would be so proud.”

‘The Island is equipped to cater for neutropenic children.’ To date Sophie’s legacy has raised £131,000.

Staff at Next Crayford Co-op

Falconwood Falconwood Pharmacy

Bishop Ridley Primary School who held a ‘Wear Purple Day’ in memory of Sophie

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Edward Alleyn House


Good luck to a very brave Ellie Cornish who is Bungee Jumping on the 12th May and throwing herself out of a plane to do a Parachute Jump on the 28th May, in honour of Sophie.

She has also asked very unselfishly for donations for ‘Sophie’s Wish’ instead of gifts for her birthday. If you would like to support Sophie’s Wish please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/SophiePowell