The Bendrigg Trust's Sarah Miles.

Wed 13th January 2016 at 12.15 - 14.15

Sarah tells us about the work that they do at Bendrigg Lodge and how it improves the lives of disabled and disadvantaged young people.

At our first meeting of 2016 we were delighted to welcome Sarah Miles, Fund raising and Marketing Manager for the  Bendrigg Trust. She gave us an insight into the history and work of the Trust based in Old Hutton which is a residential outdoor education centre specialising in working with groups of disabled and disadvantaged young people, where they aim to promote independence, encourage inclusion and build self-confidence through the provision of adventurous activities delivered by trained and qualified staff.

Since opening in 1978 they have helped over 3000 people from all over the UK in their beautiful purpose built accommodation suitable for all types of disabilities from blindness to the severely handicapped.

All programmes are ‘tailor-made’ for each group and a wide variety of activities can be incorporated depending on specific aims. These may include; climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, sailing, orienteering as well as other indoor and outdoor activities and projects.  On-site they have an indoor climbing wall, sensory room, underground maze, large games area and teaching facility.

All those who attended her talk were extremely impressed by what is achieved at Bendrigg and are keen to accept her invitation to visit and see for ourselves the wonderful work of the Trust.

N.B. Since writing the above, club members have agreed to donate £250.00 to the Bendrigg Trust in support of the excelent work that it does.