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Be Burns Aware

Burn & Scald accidents can be horrific and very painful. They not only cause physical injuries but can often result in psychological trauma. This can be particularly true for young people who often struggle with body image and self confidence. 

Support For Burns Survivors

The Scottish Burned Children’s Club is an organisation that support burns survivors. They came on a residential to Bendrigg this year with the aim to :

  • Bring burns survivors together so they don’t feel alone in what they are going through.
  • Provide opportunities to make new friends and relax in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable.
  • Through trying new activities and facing fears they overcome things independently and with the support of others, building confidence and trust in relationships with the people around them.
  • Burns survivors can often have intensive periods of medical treatment, operations and other procedures. An annual camp is a great chance for everyone to let loose and have fun again!

Our latest video in the Adventure For All Series follows the Scottish Burned Children’s Club on their week residential at Bendrigg. It’s amazing to see all the participants growing in confidence as they face their fears and take on new challenges, and is such a positive step forward to helping them rebuild their self esteem. They also had such a lot of fun, experiencing all that a residential and the great outdoors has to offer!

I don’t think our burns are what make us unique, it’s just who we are. It’s a mark that’s part of who we are and where we came from – Craig, SBCC

 


Burns Awareness and Prevention

Did You Know…

Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.

  • 7071 Children were seriously burned or scalded in 2018
  • Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable
  • The majority of accidents occur as a result of an accident that could easily be prevented
  • Scalds from Hot Drinks are the most common burn injury to children
  • Electric Hobs, Hair Straighteners, Bowl Spills, Irons & Fireworks are some of the other common causes of serious burns and scalds.

Take Care This Festive Season…

Watching fireworks is great fun. But taking care is important especially as children are more likely to get hurt by fireworks than adults. Here are some simple things that can help to reduce the risk to your family.

Sparkler Safety

Children under five are too young to safely hold a sparkler and don’t really understand why they might be dangerous. Avoid giving them one to hold.

Babies or Children can wriggle in your arms and reach out unexpectedly. Avoid holding a baby or child when you have a sparkler in your hand.

Children over five will still need you to supervise them when they use sparklers. It’s safest if they wear gloves when they’re holding them. They might seem like “fireworks lite” but sparkles can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees Celsius! Have a bucket of water handy to put them in so that no-one can pick up a hot one off the ground. Teach them not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run with them.

Remember… Always hold sparklers at arms length & wear gloves when handling them, follow the age guidance above and always put sparklers in a bucket of water when they go out so that no-one an pick a hot one off the ground.

Firework Safety

Most firework injuries happen at family parties or private displays, so understanding the dangers of fireworks can prevent injuries and in some cases save lives.

  • Avoid wearing loose or potentially flammable clothing
  • Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and fireworks
  • Always have buckets of water ready to put out small fires or to cool sparklers
  • Make sure children are supervised around fireworks and bonfires
  • Never drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
  • Keep animals indoors and close curtains – frightened animals running around can cause accidents
  • Only purchase fireworks that are sold by a registered seller
  • Follow instructions carefully and light fireworks at arm’s length
  • Ensure spectators stand back from bonfires and fireworks
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off

First Aid Advice – The 3 C’s

  1. COOL the burn with a running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
  2. CALL for help 999
  3. COVER with clingfilm or a sterile non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Making sure the injured person is kept warm.

Don’t… burst blisters or apply creams or lotions. 

For more detailed information about the treatment and prevention of burns and scalds please visit the NHS website : www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/

 


Other Sources of Information

Information for this blog post has been written with guidance from the following sources.

Changing Faces www.changingfaces.org.uk 

Scottish Burned Children’s Club www.theburnsclub.org.uk,

Children’s Burns Trust www.cbtrust.org.uk

CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) www.capt.org.uk

NHS website : www.nhs.co.uk

 

Why not check out our other Adventure For All Videos? Click here

Or find out more about our residential courses

 

Making Memories Together As A Family

The latest video in our Adventure for All series follows the lovely Bancroft Family. We asked them to share “a life in the day of the Bancrofts” and captured their recent residential to Bendrigg with PHAB families.

“For anyone with 3 young boys, life can be tough, but when you have a child with additional needs, things can become much more of a challenge” – Lisa, Mum

Archie, aged 11, has a rare genetic condition called Cri Du Chat syndrome. Learning difficulties, poor muscle tone & a high-pitched cat like tone of voice are amongst a few of the symptoms caused by this condition.

Over time, Lisa (Mum) and Matt (Dad), have built up a great network of support through attending various clubs, activities and Cri Du Chat conferences which has helped them to feel less isolated and build confidence as a family.

 

 

Phab Clubs

Phab has been providing inclusive opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people of all ages since 1957.  There are around 150 Phab Clubs across England and Wales, some meeting weekly, where people can enjoy each other’s company and take part in a wide range of activities and social events such as crafts, discos, sport, music, games, theatre visits or trips out.

Phab also provides a programme of exciting Residential Holiday Projects for families, children, young people and young adults, many of which are held at Bendrigg Trust. Whilst being away from home, either for a weekend or a week, everyone can make the most of the outdoor activities on offer, build their self-esteem, confidence and independence, make friends and have a huge amount of fun!

To find out more about the amazing Phab Holiday Projects or to see where your nearest Phab Club is then please go to our website www.phab.org.uk or call Rebecca Hargreaves (National Projects Manager) on 01254 824784

 

Riding For The Disabled

Riding For The Disabled (RDA) is a nationwide project which aims to enrich lives through horses. Run entirely by volunteers, RDA provides therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement through horse and carriage rides.

They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. With centres located all across the UK you can use the search tool by clicking on their website below to find a group that’s local to you.

www.rda.org.uk/rda-groups

 

Tom Cat Trikes

In the video you may remember seeing Archie smiling from ear to ear, riding along on a fabulous Tom Cat Trike. Going out on the bikes is a great activity for all the family, but for the Bancroft’s and probably many other families, purchasing an adaptive trike is only possible with some financial support.

The Tom Cat Trikes have a great page on their website which tells you about funding organisations that may be able to help towards the cost of a Tom Cat Trike.

www.tomcatuk.org/support-with-funding

Bendrigg Trust Family Weekends

It was wonderful to see all of the families from PHAB enjoying taking park in our adventure activities TOGETHER. Did you know that we run open family weekends where families with a disabled member (Parent or/and child) can come to Bendrigg for a fully inclusive weekend of FUN!

Check out the dates & prices for our upcoming family weekends here : www.bendrigg.org.uk/what-we-do/family-courses/

 

 

 

Check out the other videos from our Adventure For All series here : 

www.bendrigg.org.uk/news-events/adventure-for-all/

 

 

 

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!

Find Out More 


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.

Find Out More


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.

Find Out More


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.

Find Out More 


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.

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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 our 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.

 

 

Gain An Hour, Give An Hour…

Last month, our fundraising Activity Festival unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a sickness outbreak. It was the right decision for the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers however it means that the fund raised income we were counting on receiving during the festival has been lost.

This month the clocks go back and everyone will gain an hour of time. We are asking people to support Bendrigg by Giving the hour you Gain and donating your hourly wage.

By donating your extra hour, Bendrigg will be able to subsidise the cost of our courses for those that struggle financially – enabling everyone the opportunity of the ‘Bendrigg Experience’ no matter their social or financial circumstances.

We hoped to raise a minimum of £3,000 from our Activity Festival which would support 150 people to have a weekend of inclusive activities at Bendrigg. Please donate and ensure no one misses out.

Donate on our website – Click Here

Donate via Facebook Fundraiser – Click Here

 

 

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?

 

Barclays Bank Volunteer Party!

 

A huge thank you to the fantastic team from Barclays Bank who travelled from all over the UK to come and volunteer at Bendrigg yesterday.

They kindly brought some shrubs and a tree to plant at the side of our new pathway, they also built benches and helped with various other projects around our 5 acres of grounds!

 

It was a brilliant day. Thoroughly enjoyed helping out and was amazed at the facilities you have and the work you do.
Inspiring.

Claire Penrice, Barclays

 

Jonny from Barclays put together a great video of there day here at Bendrigg – Watch it HERE.

Want to get involved?

Sign up with a group of friends or work colleagues to volunteer for the day you’ll become part of the Bendrigg family and experience what it feels like to make a huge difference! For more information visit our “Volunteer” page or contact Kate, our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01539 723766 or fill in our online contact form HERE