Earlier this year, an amazing team of fundraisers took on the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money to give local young people the opportunity to take part in a summer they will remember for years.
Our first residential trip Kicked off on an early Monday morning. 20 young people boarded the bus to leave the busy city behind and come face-to-face with nature and farm animals on the Welsh coast.
For many of these young people it was their first experience of rural and coastal life and leaving the City behind for the first time was just the beginning of their adventures.
Our young people got to experience what it was like to immerse themselves in farm life, working with chickens, sheep, and donkeys. They also got to spend time in the farm garden picking all the foods they planned to eat throughout the week. There was so much to be learnt from growing their own fruit and vegetables and understanding where our food comes from !
But what trip is complete without some added extras?! The group went off to explore the UK’s tiniest city of St. David’s, before enjoying a trip to the local beach. Back at the farm, they enjoyed film and sports nights, and a crackling campfire with roasted marshmallows.
Not content with one week away from home, the Trust teams set straight off on their second adventure where 20 young people embarked on our second road trip of the summer and this time swapped the Bull Ring and school for high ropes and archery tag!
This trip was jam-packed with amazing activities for the young people to enjoy: putting those video game skills to use in a full laser tag arena, learning the art of fencing, and topping the day off with a team campfire and a kickabout. Participants conquered their fears by tackling the high ropes course, riding the giant swing, and taking a leap of faith on the trapeze! They also improved their teambuilding skills by building and launching their own manmade rafts.
Providing new opportunities for young people to thrive are as integral to our values as they are important to their development. By making new friends, mixing with new people, and trying new things, our participants have had the chance to gain new skills and learn about independence away from the home.
A massive thank you goes out to our fabulous fundraisers, whose hard work and efforts made both of these trips possible, the Team at Farms for City Children for welcoming us to their farm and, of course, the PGL team at Liddington, Swindon, for hosting us for the week.
We hope next year will bring new summer opportunities for our local young people, so look out for our future fundraising endeavours at our Community Matchdays.