Wednesday 4th April 2018
Our guest speakers this month were Graeme and Naomi Simister, volunteer Ambassadors for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust in Cheshire. The main purpose of the Trust is to give disadvantaged, disabled and terminally ill children a 5 day holiday of a lifetime in an exciting and magical environment, where disability knows no barriers. They described how the Trust, which was started in 1985, has developed over the years. The original farm premises have been renovated and today can provide accommodation for up to 28 children (though this is usually less as carers need to be accommodated as well). In addition there are two flats that can accommodate whole families if required. The outside facilities include adventure playgrounds, farm animals, an aviary and even a pirate ship in the woods, whilst indoors there are art and music rooms, a sensory suite, and cinema. The talk was illustrated with an informative DVD showing children of all abilities thoroughly enjoying themselves on what in some cases is their first ever holiday and in some sadly their last. In addition to the holidays the Trust now holds Christmas parties every year in order to accommodate even more children. The provision of these programmes obviously comes at a cost and fundraising is continuously required, but they are supported by several well-known celebrities and local volunteers and we are sure that inspiring talks such as this will raise more awareness of, and support for, this wonderful unique local facility.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday May 2nd at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when there will be a quiz and indoor bowling, and we invite anyone who may be interested to come and join us.