PHAB Leeds Activity Holiday
Bendrigg Trust Centre – Kendal 5 to 12-8-23
Saturday 5th August
This year we provided the holiday for Leeds PHAB members in partnership with National PHAB. A total of 14 members and PA’s went on the holiday. A further 3 were also due to go on the Bendrigg weekend break in September but sadly this had to be cancelled due to the unavailability of personal carer’s, however there will be future opportunities to look forward to. On this occasion we liaised with Rebecca Hargreaves, National PHAB Projects and Development Manager, and it was agreed that Leeds PHAB would help with the pre holiday detailed arrangements ie, administration and finance, bedroom allocation etc – We also provided transport to take the members to Bendrigg in three Leeds PHAB minibuses driven by our volunteers. In addition we hired a transit van for luggage and bath/toilet equipment. As last year, we used St Agnes’ Church as the rendezvous venue which proved to be an excellent option. A very generous Leeds PHAB Patron also donated funding towards the holiday which we used to provide a lovely buffet lunch in the Church Hall. After enjoying the refreshments we set off early afternoon and arrived at Bendrigg about 3.30pm where we met Rebecca and her team of volunteers. After a short break we left the members and carers in the safe hands of Rebecca for the week and returned to Leeds.
Rebecca organised a fun packed week for everyone and the many photo’s show a lot of smiles and happy faces. The members are certainly having a brilliant holiday. Bendrigg Trust caters for people with a wide range of disabilities and to see them enjoying activities such as bush craft, sailing, archery, abseiling, canoeing, zip wire and much more, just the same as their able bodied friends, is truly amazing.
Saturday 12th August
For the return, the Leeds PHAB minibuses and equipment van set off early morning from Leeds and reached Bendrigg around 10.15am. They were welcomed by Rebecca and her team and of course Leeds PHAB members with many exciting stories. After lots of hugs and goodbyes we loaded up and departed around 11.00am arriving at St Agnes’ Church at 1.00pm where family members and taxi’s awaited to take people home.
This has been another very successful event and grateful thanks go to the PHAB Management Committee, volunteers, helpers and sponsors who kindly supported this project.