Solihull Couple to Enjoy Staycation Summer Thanks to Caravan Win in Club Competition
A Solihull couple are planning their first caravan holiday after winning a Swift Basecamp 4 SE and Vango porch awning worth over £22,000 in a Camping and Caravanning Club competition.
Susan Gray from Knowle, along with her husband, Iain, collected their prize at Broad Lane Leisure in Kenilworth on Friday 11th June.
Susan, a lunchtime supervisor at a local school, who entered the competition online, said: “It’s unbelievable really as you go in for competitions but never believe you will win something as big as a caravan. You might get the odd bottle of wine, but a caravan is something else!”
“When I met Iain we enjoyed a bit of tent camping and then the kids came and we started going camping in France. Now I’m looking forward to pitching up somewhere and going for a few walks with the dog before sitting in the van and unwinding. Our dog, Riley, will love being able to join us.
“We didn’t go away last year so it will be nice to enjoy some weekends away. We plan to start off with somewhere local and then go a little further afield.”
Susan and Iain will be joining many new staycationers that have chosen camping as their preferred holiday accommodation. The Camping and Caravanning Club is reporting a 99% increase in bookings for July and August on its network of 103 UK Club Sites compared to what it would typically expect, while caravan and motorhome dealerships are reporting high demand for new and used units.
Husband Iain, a civil servant, added: “If we’re visiting places across the Midlands we usually just do it from home but with a caravan it becomes quite an attractive idea to pitch up somewhere for a couple of nights.
“The prize has come at completely the right time as our plans are to holiday in the UK and this offers the opportunity for us to go away for midweek breaks at short notice.”
Nick Page, Group Commercial Director at Swift Group, the manufacturer of the Basecamp range, said: “The Basecamp 4SE is a well-equipped caravan and the perfect size for Susan and Iain as they plan their summer of adventures. The caravan features a fold away bunk bed if any of their kids wish to join them and a touchscreen panel from which you can control onboard heating, lighting and power.”
“I hope the couple enjoy lots of great touring holidays in the years to come.”
Sabina Voysey, Director General at the Club, said: “I’m so pleased for the winners – caravanning is such an amazing past time and this year we’re helping more people than ever enjoy it. We’ve got hundreds of Camping and Caravanning Club sites across the country that are ready and waiting to be explored.”
For more information on Club competitions, including a new competition to win a Sprite Major 6TD caravan and awning worth over £20,000 visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/competitions.