Giving Young Carers a fun day out
The Rotary Club of Towcester is delighted to announce that after the unsuccessful attempt in May this year to take the Northamptonshire Young Carers up into the air, the recent sunny weather has meant that the other day ten Northamptonshire Young Carers were able to go up into planes at Sywell aerodrome.
Our Young Carers have a difficult life and to be able to offer them some respite, fun and excitement is immensely rewarding. The Young Carers had an absolutely fabulous day and so much so that one of them has declared that he would like to become a pilot!
The Rotary Club of Towcester holds many fund raising events throughout the year and one of the things that the Club does with the money it raises is to sponsor activities for groups such as Northamptonshire Young Carers.
For the ten children who were able to take to the skies the other day, they have not only created some fabulous memories and had some relief from their daily responsibilities, but they have also had their confidence boosted and in one case, a life changing experience.
“The impact that such a day can have on a child is quite extraordinary and it is achievable through Rotarians giving their time to organise the event – but also because of the Pilots – Kevin, Chris and Bryan who not only gave up their time and provided their planes free of charge – but also showed the Young Carers how exciting and fun piloting can be. We must also not forget to thank Sywell Aerodrome for allowing us to use their facilities on the day.” Says Rotarian Roy Bricknell.
Helping the Disabled to Sail
For some years the Rotary Club of Towcester has supported Sailability, a sailing charity for disabled people. Originally the Club bought and donated a sailing boat and then supported the maintenance fund by making an annual donation towards running and repair cost of the fleet. The Club has continued in close contact with the charity over the years and when the Charity decided it was time to replace the boat that the Towcester Rotary Club had originally donated money was raised towards a replacement craft.
The result of this was that on the 9th January 2014, Mr. Roy Child, Chairmen of Sailability, Northampton was presented with a cheque for £1000 towards the purchase a new vessel which once purchased will bear the Clubs name on the hull.
GIVING YOUNG CARERS A TASTE OF SAILING 2014
For several years the Rotary Club of Towcester has given groups of Young Carers the opportunity to have a break from their support duties. This year a group was taken for a day out at Pitsford Reservoir with the kind support of Northamptonshire Sailability.
Despite an uncertain weather forecast we enjoyed a generally warm and sunny day but the activities did not exclude getting wet!
A well organised and friendly welcome greeted everyone and after a short briefing life jackets were issued and boats were soon on the water. Water conditions were ideal for beginners, generally calm but with a few gusts of wind to make things interesting.
Burgers and hot-dogs made a welcome lunch and a box of ice creams appeared but soon vanished!
After lunch it was back to the water and later a final challenge to build and sail a raft. The raft sailing lasted about a minute! With more time spent retrieving the wreckage. Although the wettest it was also the most fun part of the day and the youngsters were more relaxed with one another.
After a group photo and presentation of certificates it was time to leave. But from the smiling faces and new found friends it was clearly a lot of fun for everyone involved. Also a big thank you to Sailability for making the day possible.
The Rotary Club of Towcester also contributes financially to the maintenance of one of the boats at Sailability and is looking forward to taking another group of young carers there in July of this year.
The Calvert Trust
Here’s what one of the parents had to say following the trip to the Lakes in May 2015:
I am writing to thank all the people involved in taking my son, Philip Eaton, away with the Calvert Trust in the Lake District. You have helped him so much and gave him the opportunity to participate in activities, that he would otherwise, have never have been able to. He has been elated since he returned and has been showing everybody his photos (we were very grateful that you made him a photo album it was a delight to see him having so much fun ).
Once again I cannot thank you enough.
The Lake District Calvert Trust is a residential outdoor centre with over 35 years’ experience delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.
On the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, our centre offers a warm welcome; accessible accommodation and exciting breaks for schools, groups, families and individuals with their friends and carers.
We are accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater.
If you haven’t been before or just not visited in a while, come and see what’s new…start planning your next activity break at the Lake District Calvert Trust!
The Rotary Club of Towcester supports Adult Carers every year by taking a group of them out for a Christmas Dinner. On December 16th 2015 we went to the Toby Inn – East Hunsbury for a thoroughly festive meal and some much needed relief for the carers. We are able to support the Adult Carers Organisation through our fundraising activities.
The Rotary Club of Towcester likes to help every year with the local care homes by providing a spot of entertainment, usually around Christmas time. In recent years it has held a Carol Concert for the residents.