On the week beginning the 1st of April, Wilson Stuart took a small group of 12 children from Key Stage 3 to Bendrigg lodge, in the Lake District for a week of Outdoor activities.
After a long trip on the coach we arrived and explored the surrounding area. In the evening, after an amazing meal, the instructors took us to the sports hall where the students were split into two separate group, one having the opportunity try out the indoor cave and the other group doing a variety of activities such as Boccia, Curling and having a relax In the Sensory Room.
On Tuesday we stayed on-site to have a go at rock climbing, abseiling, the sensory swing and indoor archery. For many of the students this pushed them to the extremes of their comfort zone, and allowed them to experience time outside of their wheelchairs. Everybody took part, not matter how adamant he or she were, that they did not want to. This day was the epitome of what Bendrigg is all about pushing yourself to your limit, and experiencing new things. In the evening we watched a film, so everyone could relax before going to bed.
On Wednesday we went to Lake Windermere to go on the famous ‘Lake Windermere Cruise’ this was the most amazing day for all involved. It was something that many of us have never experienced before. Although a bit cold with some rain in the air, it was still a day never to forget. In fact, for many this was the best day spent together as a group. In the afternoon the group was split into two groups, some went on a Easter egg hunt around the grounds, aswell as some time in the games room and the other group did the amazing outdoor archery. In the evening some watched a film, while the others went to the sensory room.
On the Thursday a trip was planned to the Ingleborough show Cave near Clapham. Two groups were formed to explore the cave and to learn about the rock formations inside the limestone cave. The evening was topped off with a disco, which was led by ‘DJ Antonio’ afterwards; there was a presentation of certificates to all the students who participated in the week. For the staff, the evening was spent packing the large amount of clothes the students took with them!
Friday we woke up early to pack the coach and to have breakfast to set us up for the journey back home. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our week away and many were sad to leave.
Thank you to Mr Perrens for organising another successful trip to Bendrigg, and to all the staff for their constant support ensure the children got the most out of their time away. Lastly, I’d like to thank the children for their enthusiasm, and good behaviour which made the week away enjoyable for everyone involved.