A family in Turvey, near Bedford, was left devastated yesterday (Sunday 2 June) after their caravan was stolen from outside their house.
At some point between midnight and 8am on Sunday, the Boreham family’s Lunar Quasar 546 (six berth) was taken from their drive, just two weeks after they’d invested their savings in it.
And because the original hitchlock the family had bought didn’t fit, the correct one arrived this afternoon, the vehicle was uninsured.
“We invested over £10,000 in the van, and had planned to travel all over the UK and Europe in it,” said Kimberley Boreham.
“It was the beginning of a new chapter in our lives and we’re utterly devasted that someone’s stolen it.
“It’s not about the money but what the caravan meant to us as a family.”
The theft is another blow for the family, who have overcome some incredible hurdles in the last four years.
In 2015, at just 31 years old, Kimberley was diagnosed with stage 3 tonsil cancer.
She was 22 weeks pregnant with her second child, and had to undergo significant surgery while pregnant.
Baby Darcey was delivered prematurely at 34 weeks and remained in neonatal for nine days while Kimberley started a gruelling round of chemotherapy and daily radiotherapy for six weeks.
That November, she was rushed to hospital with Cellulitis and severe neutropenic sepsis – a life-threatening complication of anticancer treatment – that has a 70% mortality rate in 48 hrs.
Kimberley has suffered cellulitis twice since, once also requiring hospital admittance.
Since 2015, Kimberley has raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan and was the guest speaker at their Winter Gala.
She was the face of their Mother’s Day campaign and will feature in their coffee morning campaign this year.
She is dedicated to inspiring cancer survivors and has set up a blog to share her travels and adventures.
“I’m not officially in remission until October 2020,” said Kimberley.
“Since the diagnosis we’ve tried to make the most of every day and enjoy our time together as a family.
“Life won’t wait and we wanted to move on in a really positive way. My husband, Adam, even changed his job to enable us to travel together. It means so much to us.
“To say that we are heartbroken, devasted, destroyed is an understatement.”
In an effort to trace the caravan, Kimberley has visited numerous nearby traveller sites to ask for help.
“Apart from one intimidating character, I’ve been treated with nothing but kindness by everyone I’ve met,” said Kimberley.
“If anything good has come out of this experience, it’s taught me that you shouldn’t stereotype people.”
The family is desperate for any information leading to the recovery of the caravan.
If you’re able to help, please contact email@example.com or call 07979 816657.
You can follow Kimberley on Instagram at @kimberleyboreham and at her blog, inspiring post-cancer family adventures at https://lifeww.wordpress.com.
UPDATE (4 June): Members of the Instagram ‘travel-with-kids’ community have rallied round and set up a justgiving page to get the Boreham family back on the road. If you’d like to contribute, please follow this link.