Rare Disease Film Festival Awards

Rare Disease UK Hosts The First Rare Film Festival Awards Helping To Raise Awareness For Rare Diseases.

We were grateful to receive funding from the Scottish Power Foundation in 2019 towards our Adventure For All Project – Promoting, Sharing, Inspiring. Part of the project included funds for us to create several short films to help promote the power of adventure activities for people with disabilities.

One of the films focused on Pip Rowlands, who first came to Bendrigg when she was just 5 years old. The story takes us on an incredible journey through Pip’s climbing journey and the impact that it has had on her day to day life, living with a rare condition called DDX3X.

Category : Best Agency Charity Collaboration

Film – Climbing : The Ripple Effect

We Won!

We are thrilled to announce that our film won in the category and we couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing Adamedia who we worked alongside to create the film, and of course the stars of the show Pip, Alix, Clare & Gary, and Pip’s climbing coach Kara.

Funding from Scottish Power Foundation was topped up by the BMC which meant we could create this film which helps to not only raise awareness for Pip’s rare condition DDX3X but also will hopefully inspire more people to try new activities and perhaps even take up climbing as a new hobby!

People’s Choice Award

There is a people’s choice award now open for you to cast your vote for your favourite film.

Click here to watch all the shortlisted videos and place your vote!

Congratulations

Congratulations to everyone who entered a film, the competition was tough and we thought all of the videos shown were amazing in their own right.

 

Check out the rest of the films in our Adventure For All Series on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Kids to Adults Shows 2020

We had such a great time at the Kidz2Adultz North event last November that we’ve decided to exhibit at the North, Middle & Scotland Events this year!

Here’s what you need to know about kidz 2 adultz :

What it Kidz 2 Adultz?

Disabled Living has an enviable reputation of organising the very prestigious Kidz to Adultz event since 2001 and now hold five of the largest FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them.

Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Have you thought about visiting a Kidz to Adultz exhibition but you're not sure what to expect? Take a look at this short video! ????For more information: https://www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk/kidz-north/#kidztoadultz

Posted by Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions on Thursday, 3 October 2019

 

  • 100 – 180 exhibitors with the most up to date advice & information on mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, sensory, education, housing, employment, transport, sports, leisure & much more!
  • Seminars take place alongside the exhibition covering a wide range of topics and interests to families and carers of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Where and When Do The Events Take Place?

Middle

Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Coventry

Wednesday 4th March 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

South

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre

Thursday 7th May 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

Wales & West

Newport International Conference Centre

Thursday 2nd July 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

Scotland

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Thursday 10th September

9:30am – 4:30pm

North

Eventcity Manchester

Thursday 12th November

9:30am – 4:30pm

Is it Free to attend?

Yes, there are no costs to attend and you can order your tickets on the Kidz exhibitions website by clicking on each of the events above.

We hope to see you there!

Bendrigg will be there with a smile as always ready to answer any questions about our accessible outdoor adventure courses so don’t forget to come and see us.

 

Read more here >>>> about what we do


 

Shaping The Future Together

Bendrigg Engagement Day

On Thursday 9th January 2020 Bendrigg Trust held it’s very first Engagement Day, and sorry to disappoint but it was not the down on one knee, she said yes kind of engagement day. It was however an absolutely brilliant gathering of our stakeholders including participants, group leaders, supporters, trustees and staff. The aim of the day was to bring all of these people together, who have a different perspective of Bendrigg to brainstorm, share feedback and come up with ideas which will help us to shape our vision for Bendrigg moving forwards.

We kept our Mission and Values at the core of the discussions and had break out groups to focus on the following areas :

  • Environment
  • Innovation
  • Keeping The Magic Alive 
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Who Are We For
  • Community Engagement
  • Cultural Journey

By focusing our discussions around these key areas for development, we are now able to develop future plans, both short and long term, based on all of the collaborative feedback.

       


Feedback from the day

Over the years I have attended many, many events similar to the one you held yesterday, however I have to say, I have never attended one with such passion, such commitment or such enthusiasm. The fact that people had travelled from so far and wide to be there showed how committed people are to supporting you and the organisation moving forward.  The facilitator, John, was excellent, I really felt that he understood what you were trying to achieve and his passion to get the most from everyone was clear from the outset.

Over the many years of bringing groups to Bendrigg (sometimes 2 or 3 times per year), we have brought some children and young people so poorly, so severely disabled that their time at Bendrigg truly was a “once in a lifetime experience”.  Sadly, some of those children / young people are no longer with us.  I have felt privileged to have been able to offer a break to those young people at Bendrigg with support from our team.  It has been a real gift knowing that we helped to shape those memories and experiences for that child / young person and their family and that even when that child has passed away the family have those photos and DVD’s of our stays showing their child with huge smiles across their faces and their eyes lit up as they flew across the sports hall on the big swing, took a leap of faith on the zip wire or quietly relaxed in the multi-sensory room. Truly priceless.

Yesterday for me showed the true “magic” of Bendrigg, from the huge hug from Rex as we arrived in the (somewhat soggy) car park, him remembering our names and asking about my son! Walking is us to main door under his umbrella. Bumping into Jo in the dining room to be hugged again (a real hug because someone wants you to know they mean it) and the conversation between us flowing so immediately and so easily that I was left feeling like it was only a day since we last spoke. Seeing many members of staff – Ed, Mel, Vic, Jennifer, Libby and Val and all of them remembering my name, chatting like people I see daily and remembering details of young people or activities etc when we have been at Bendrigg.

Bendrigg for me always feels magical.

Kelly Piper, Leisure For All Manager


Thank you

We’d like to say a great big thank you to all those who attended, some who travelled a considerable distance and took time out of their working week to come and be a part of the day.

A fantastic day was had by all and the love for Bendrigg and passion shown by everyone who attended is what made it very special. Our management team and trustees will be meeting to move the ideas forward and we will be sharing updates on this in the coming months.

A huge thank you also to the wonderful John Matthews from Impact International for facilitating an exceptional day, which will no doubt play a huge part in shaping the future of our Charity.

 

To keep up to date with all of our latest news and events, you can subscribe to The Bendrigg Buzz our monthly newsletter.

 


 

Sedbergh Gives Back

Today was Sedbergh Gives Back Day – where over 500 pupils from the local schools volunteer at various local charities to give back!

We had a group of 40 pupils from Powell House attend and help Ed our maintenance man with all sorts of maintenance and grounds work including developing an accessible wheelchair obstacle course.

The weather didn’t put them off and each individual worked extremely hard to achieve a great deal in just 8 hours.

 

We have just 1 full time maintenance man onsite at Bendrigg, for him to have accomplished all that you have today, would have taken him weeks. Volunteering really does make a huge difference to our small charity and is very much appreciated”

Nick Liley, Bendrigg Principal

 

We also received a beautiful Christmas Wreath from the pupils at Robertson House which is making Bendrigg look very festive!

 

 

Thank you to all of the amazing pupils who have volunteered at local charities today, it’s with these acts of kindness, that small charities like us can make huge progress in such a short space of time, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves!

 

Want to get involved with volunteering for Bendrigg? Click here to find out more.

 

 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Give The Gift Of Adventure

Help us to raise £12,000 during the 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge! By donating, you’ll enable more people with disabilities to access an adventure holiday of a lifetime.

What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?

The challenge starts at midday on Tuesday 3rd December and ends at midday on Tuesday 10th of December – so we have just 7 days to raise our ambitious target of £12,000. The special thing about the challenge is that all donations given during the time frame & via the big give website, are matched, meaning your donation is DOUBLED and so is the IMPACT for our beneficiaries.

How will my donation make an impact?

This year all funds raised through the Bendrigg Big Give will go towards The Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. This fund enables socially and economically underprivileged people with disabilities to benefit from the ‘Bendrigg Experience’. Without this financial aid, our participants would simply not be able to experience these life-changing adventures.

The pupils from Wilson Stuart School came on a residential to Bendrigg earlier this year. They were only able to afford their visit after receiving financial support from the Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. You can see what it meant to them to experience the adventures at Bendrigg in the short video below.

 

“The whole experience was life changing for our students. I cannot express how amazing this residential was. The students have tried so many amazing activities and experienced what it is like to spend time away from family and carers, many of them for the first time. Independence is at the forefront of what we do at school and Bendrigg Trust advances the opportunities for all our students to try new things.” Teacher, Wilson Stuart

By donating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge where your donation will be DOUBLED – you’ll be enabling even more people to access adventure.

How can I donate?

In order for your donation to be doubled you must donate via the Bendrigg Big Give Christmas Challenge Link : bit.ly/BigGiveCC20

You must also make sure you donate between midday on Tuesday 3rd December and midday on Tuesday 10th of December when the challenge ends.

Please, donate today and help to give more people with disabilities the experience of a lifetime!

****UPDATE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2019

We are thrilled to announce that as of 12 o’clock on Tuesday 10th December, we have not only hit our target of £12,000 but with your generosity we’ve absolutely SMASHED it raising a grand total of £17,618 with gift aid that’s over £18,500!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us throughout the challenge, your donations will enable people who would not have been able to afford to, a chance to have an adventure of a lifetime here at Bendrigg.

 

 

 

 

Want to know more about the impact of your donation? Click here to read our 2018 impact report.

 

Tree Planting Day

As part of the Woodland Trusts Big Climate Fightback Campaign on Saturday 30th November, we pledged to plant 150 trees around the grounds at Bendrigg Trust.

It was a fantastic day with over 25 volunteers of all ages giving up their time to come and help make a difference. Both children and adults had a great time and after all the hard work we had hot drinks and cakes in the sunshine!

We planted a selection of trees and shrubs which were given to us by the TCV –  (The Community Volunteering Charity) who, in conjunction with OVO energy, have given away over 1 million free trees to community groups and charities as part of their I Dig Tree’s campaign.

Thanks to everybody who joined us on the day!

 

 

 

Climbing Festival At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust To Host Inclusive Climbing Festival!

On Friday 24th – Sunday 26th January 2020 Bendrigg Trust are hosting an amazing climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at their specialist outdoor centre in Kendal, Cumbria.

The festival is suitable for anyone aged 13+ with a learning disability or autism who….

Have never climbed before but want to give it a go

Have done a little bit of climbing but want to progress further

Have done lot’s of climbing and want to improve their skills

No matter your ability, we’ll help you to take your climbing to the next level! 

As well as climbing workshops and training, there will also be social activities for a chance to relax and make new friends!

For the full weekend, an inclusive festival package is available for £110 per person! Which includes a full weekend programme of Climbing Workshops & Training Sessions tailored to your ability, Comfortable Accommodation & Delicious Food! It is preferred that climbers attend the event with a “buddy” or carer.

To book your place please contact the Bendrigg Office by calling 01539723766 or fill in our online form HERE

 

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival 2020

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival

 

Please feel free to print out the poster above and put it up at your local school/youth club/climbing wall and help us to spread the word!

Did you know we also run an inclusive climbing club after school during term time? Find out more and Book your place HERE

 

 

Charity Challenges 2020!

It’s never been easier to support your favourite cause, which, if your reading this blog post, must be us! HURRAY!

With a whole host of amazing charity challenge events out there, take a look below to see what you, your friends, family and work collegues could get involved with to fundraise for Bendrigg in 2020!

2020 Charity Challenges

Edinburgh & Glasgow Kilt Walks

Dates : Glasgow – Sunday 26th April 2020 Edinburgh – Sunday 13th September 2020

Details : The Kiltwalk is a unique walking event offering three distances to choose from, suitable for walkers of all ages and experiences. The difference with this event is that 140% of the sponsorship money raised by Kiltwalkers comes directly to Bendrigg!


Keswick To Barrow & Coniston To Barrow

Dates : Both – Saturday 2nd May 2020

Details : The walks are 40 miles and 21 miles respectively. Teams of between 4 and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes.

 


Super Hero Tri & Winter Wonderwheels

Dates : Super Hero Tri – Saturday 15th August 2020 Winter Wonder wheels – Saturday 6th December 2020

Details : The Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero! In the Superhero Tri you can take part in a sprint, half or full Triathlon event. In the Winter Wonderwheels, Everyday Superheroes are invited to cycle, walk, run, push, or anything in between, a 1km, 5km or 10km course.

 


Great North Run

Dates : Saturday 13th September 2020

Details : Bendrigg has 15 charity places for the 40th Great North Run very special anniversary! The run is a half marathon starting in Newcastle and traversing 13.1 miles across the Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and finishing along the coast road in South Shields.


Prudential Ride London

Dates : Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts at 06:00 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Bendrigg only has a limited amount of places available so click below to find out more.


How will my fundraising make a difference to Bendrigg?

The money you raise will make a huge difference to our charity. Times are tough for everyone right now, but particularly for those families with a disabled member. We rely on donations to be able to subsidise our courses and ensure that people of all abilities can afford to come to Bendrigg and experience adventure. You can read more about our Impact on our 40 year Impact Report HERE or Contact Us on 01539 723766 if you’d like us to post you a copy.

 

How can I sign up to a charity challenge for Bendrigg in 2020?

Signing up couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is complete a Registration Form HERE and return it to sarah@bendrigg.org.uk

 

I’d like more information, how can I get in touch?

Sarah & Martha our fundraising dream team will be happy to answer any questions you have or help you with top tips to maximise your donations! Call them on 01539 723766 or use our online form HERE

 

Fancy planning your own fundraising event? Or supporting Bendrigg Trust in some other way? Check out our “Support Us” page for more details.

 

 

Kidz To Adultz North 2019

Attending shows and exhibitions are a great opportunity to interact with new people and spread the word about the services we offer for people with additional needs. It also gives people the chance to speak to our staff face to face and get a good sense of who we are as a charity.

On Thursday 14th November we are attending the Kidz to Adults Exhibition in Manchester. This event is a great opportunity for families, individuals and people who work within the sector, to find out what support and resources are available to them. With a great range of trade and charity stalls showcasing everything from accessible kit and sensory equipment to information about accessible holidays and sports clubs, it’s sure to be a brilliant day! The event is free for anyone to attend and you can download your tickets easily online here.

On the day, we really want our stand to make a good first impression and have been busy preparing new information leaflets and posters to advertise our amazing courses for people with additional needs. After researching how to display our information professionally, we came across a website called Go.Displays who have been supporting charities and non-for profit organisations for many years by offering a free Switch Banner Stand or Table Top Display Board – this offer is available to registered charities, schools and non-profit organisations – and all you have to do is display a link to the offer on your own website in order to qualify (similar to this blog post!)

“At Go Displays we feel it’s important to give something back, this is why we developed the Charity Scheme enabling us to provide a free banner or display board. Across the years, we’ve helped hundreds of charities, non-profitable organisations and schools by supplying a product to help them with a display or event they have coming up.”

Vicky Toomer – Go Displays

We are so grateful to Go Displays for this very kind offer and can’t wait to try out our new display board at our upcoming events.

Are you attending this event?? Be sure to come and say hello, we’ll be at charity stand V16.

 

Why not check our our Facebook Events page for more information about other exhibitions we’re attending?

 

Royal Visit

We are very excited to announce that we will welcoming Her Royal Highness the Countess Of Wessex at Bendrigg Trust on Wednesday 6th February 2019.
Her Royal Highness will be launching an exciting new (and secret for now!) project and will be meeting some of our residential groups. Watch this space for more details coming soon…

18/02/19 Update : After our wonderful visit from the Countess of Wessex, we are delighted to announce that she launched our Adventure For All Project Funded by the ScottishPower Foundation! Read more about this very exciting project.