Apr 8, 2016

You made 12 disabled people very happy, by the sea

12 people with learning disabilities on holiday
12 people with learning disabilities on holiday

Thanks to you we were able to support 12 people with learning disabilities, including Binita, David and Craig, to Cleethorpes on holiday over Easter. More than 70 people pitched in to raised just under £3k to make this possible.

We departed on Good Friday the 12 clients and 3 volunteers/staff met at Leicester train station. They took a crowded bank holiday train to Sheffield and changed to head to Cleethorpes. “I had never been on a train before, it was great” said Dan, one of the clients who went. They arrived at the caravan park in the afternoon and settled in to the 3 caravans. There was a girls caravan and 2 boys ones. Each had a member of staff staying in them too.

One of the main things that everyone was looking forward was their fish and chips, which they had on the first night. It wasn’t all takeaways though! The groups made each other food and drinks and practiced their cooking skills - something they don’t all get to do at home.

The groups also caught the bus into the centre of Cleethorpes, where they enjoyed spending time on the beach, in the arcades and shops and even played crazy golf.

Evenings were spent playing bingo on site and dancing at the disco. “I really enjoyed the bingo,” said Tom “ I know Hayley loved the discos too!”

Everyone agreed it was a great holiday. For many it was the first time they had been able to go away without family. “My mum will be enjoying time to herself,” said Binita “she needs a rest from me!”

Sanjay summed up the experience “It was very nice and I enjoyed it. I’d like to go again.”Umar was also on the holiday. He chimed in saying “It was good we got taken on holiday, I shared the caravan with nice people”.

We had such a lovely time that we decided to make a thank you video! Watch the video here

After such a fantastic trip, we’re already looking forward to making next year’s holiday bigger and better! We’re already putting plans in place to fundraise for our next trip, and, with your help, we hope to take even more people with us in 2017!

We can’t thank you enough for making our holiday possible and extend our warmest regards from the entire VALUES team.

Umer making Tea
Umer making Tea
By the beach
By the beach
Waiting for a bus
Waiting for a bus
Eating fish and chips
Eating fish and chips
Binita doing the washing up
Binita doing the washing up
Catching the train
Catching the train
Playing Crazy Golf
Playing Crazy Golf
Playing Bingo
Playing Bingo
Making sandwiches
Making sandwiches

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Mar 18, 2016

We're having Easter by the sea thanks to you!

Craig is so excited!
Craig is so excited!

To Do List
• Buy train tickets
• Book caravan √
• Invite people with learning disabilities √

We are all ready to go on holiday, thanks to you!

Over this Easter Binita, David, Craig and 9 other people with learning disabilities will be spending the long weekend in Cleethorpes together, supported by VALUES staff. They will be learning to travel by train, budgeting and cooking. They will get to spend time with friends, away from family, having fish and chips by the sea, swimming and partying into the night.

As you can imagine, everyone around VALUES HQ is getting really excited. We can't wait to show you the photos as soon as we get back.

Please let your friends and family know the great work you are doing by donating to VALUES and let them know its not too late to give to our next trip.

Kind regards

Mikaela and all the VALUES gang

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Dec 21, 2015

We did it! Thanks to your help 12 people with learning disabilities will go on holiday!

David is going on holiday
David is going on holiday

WE DID IT! VALUES would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated, bought cakes and cards and spread the word. In total we raised £2700, which thanks to people volunteering to support them means we can take 12 of our clients on holiday, including David and Binita who featured in our campaign.

This holiday will give those people and their family/carers a break but will also help to teach them skills like using trains, cooking and cleaning for themselves.

We would like to send you some photos from the holiday when we go (which will be around May time)

Thank you once again to everyone who helped, and in the words of Binita "YAY"!

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