Get involved in Bendrigg's 40th Anniversary!
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July/August 2018

You may have noticed it has been a little while since you have heard from us! A lot has been going on at Bendrigg and we are sorry for not keeping in touch. Rest assured that this month's newsletter is full to bursting with good news stories, events, new features and feedback from some of our users. As always if you like our newsletter please feel free to share it with your friends and family by clicking the share button at the bottom of the email. Or if there is something you'd like to see more of in our newsletters then let us know. Your feedback is appreciated! Thank you. 
Thank you
A huge thank you to Cress, who has been covering for me (Sarah) whilst I have been on maternity leave. She has done a wonderful job of keeping everything running smoothly and she has promised to stay in touch. Cress has now moved onto new adventures (the first being on expedition in Malawi!) and I have started back after 7 wonderful months with my daughter Amy. Together Amy and I have walked over 300 miles so far this year raising money for Bendrigg as one of the '40 Fundraisers' for Bendrigg's 40th anniversary. If you fancy a challenge and want to help Bendrigg to continue offering life-changing opportunities for the next 40 years then why not join me? Take a look at our 40 Fundraisers page to see what others are doing and reply to this email for more info. Thank you! 

Cross Bay Walk

Cross the Bay with Bendrigg in our 40th year and help us raise vital funds for disability equipment.
Our annual Cross Bay Walk takes place on Saturday 18th August starting at 10.45am. All funds raised will go towards purchasing essential equipment such as hoists, harnesses and off-road wheelchairs to support people with disabilities have amazing outdoor opportunities. If you haven't yet crossed the Bay then now is your chance - tick it off your bucket list and help charity at the same time. Book online now. 

Phab holidays

Recent stormy weather didn't dampen the spirits of the kids from 'Phab' who started their residential at Bendrigg this week. Activities on the cards include caving, sailing, climbing, canoeing, zip wire, tube slide, a film night and a Morecambe adventure! 
Phab are an organisation promoting opportunities for able-bodied and disabled people to enjoy activities together and are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year! You can find out more about them here.  

Busking for Bendrigg
Big thanks to Liz and friends who have been busking for Bendrigg and have raised over £200! Liz and co. will also be walking the Cross Bay Walk in a few weeks time and the funds raised from their musical talents will help purchase more vital disability equipment. Thank you! 

Family Fun

Gail & family recently visited Bendrigg for the first time and thoughtfully shared a few photos including the one above. "We all really enjoyed it and my grandson Issac loved all the challenges and was especially pleased he got to do archery. Vic and your staff were lovely and we will definitely be back". We look forward to seeing you soon!

Advance booking open!

To celebrate 40 years of the Bendrigg Trust we are holding an inclusive activity festival at Bendrigg Lodge. Open from 11am – 4pm you can come and try inclusive activities from 11am – 2pm such as the zip wire, climbing, abseiling, archery, tube slide, bushcraft, circus skills and more. There will also be live music, a hog roast, beer tent, tea and cake and face painting!

Entry is just £4 per person (£5 on the day) and you can book your place now via our website. All proceeds from the day will support our work. We look forward to seeing you there.

IT upgrade

Thanks to the installation of B4RN super-fast fibre broadband to Bendrigg last month, we have been able to upgrade some of our IT systems! Please do bear with us as we get used to the new way of working - it will be worth it. 

You Shop. Amazon Gives
Do you use Amazon for your shopping? Next time you make a purchase you could be helping Bendrigg. Visit instead of the normal and when you buy qualiying items, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Bendrigg. Now that will surely make you smile! 

Sensory Play

One of our Corporate Partners this year is the wonderful Playdale Playgrounds. We have worked with them to design inclusive play equipment in the past and now they are letting us know all about how playground equipment helps children with Autism. Check out their blog here. 

Adventure Nature

How do we help people with sight impairment take part in outdoor adventure activities? Sign up to Sensing Nature's 'Adventure Nature' event on Wednesday 19th September and take part in this exciting conversation. 
In Memory of John Lean 
Captain John Bevan Lean OBE R.N. died peacefully at home on 8th June 2018. Much loved and loving husband of Annie, beloved father of Candida, Laura and Cordelia and grandpa to Mary and Euan. John was a Trustee of Bendrigg from 2001 - 2009 and was Chairman from 2003 - 2005. He will be fondly remembered. 

Jolly good!

Congratulations to Derek Jolly who took part (and completed!) the ASICS Windermere Marathon in May. An ideal weather day mean he finished in an awesome 4hrs, 10 minutes and 23 seconds. Well done Derek and thank you for raising over £500 for Bendrigg. 

Let Loose! Yorkshire

In May, the team at Let Loose! visited Bendrigg for a Disability Awareness Climbing Course. The skills learnt will help them to provide inclusive opportunities for all abilities at their centre in Hull. 
First Paralysed Man to Become a Freemason
Congratulations to Jason Liversidge who, in June, became the first paralysed man to become a Freemason. Jason, who has Motor Neurone Disease, was initiated at a specially adapted ceremony to allow him to join Freemasonry and thus able to continue a family tradition - in the steps of his father and grandfather.  

Up until about 50 years ago, it was commonplace for grand lodges to have a so-called 'doctrine of physical perfection.' But with the passage of time and modern day awareness of people with disabilities, numerous grand lodges have relaxed this requirement.  Some have removed restrictive rules, while others have granted dispensations for extraordinary circumstances.  "It seems tragic to turn away an excited and dedicated man, or one who has a family history with the fraternity, because he is blind, is missing fingers, or can't kneel or walk".

Jason and his family visited Bendrigg last year as part of a MCF #MakingMemories documentary and are due to undertake a challenge with a difference later this year to raise funds for Bendrigg. Watch this space!

Matching Houses

Have you got your summer holiday sorted yet? Have you ever reached your destinationt o find it is not accessible for your needs? If so then you should try This great website allows you to swap your house for someone else's with similar accessibility needs - allowing you to enjuoy a holiday safe in the knowledge that it will have everything you need. 

Perfect Post

Many thanks to our postie, Garry Gould, who popped into the office not to deliver post, but to give Bendrigg a cheque for £300! Garry endured the itchiness of prickly stubble during 'Movember' last year and raised funds to help people achieve through adventure. Thank you Garry. 

Volunteer Week

At the beginning of June we celebrated Volunteer Week - highlighting the amazing things our volunteers do for us on a daily basis. We showcased one volunteer each day on social media including Don (who has given his time to Bendrigg for 14 years!), Emily (who volunteers every Thursday), JD (who has been volunteering weekly since 2005), Graham (who supports our maintenance team every Monday), Filip (who started volunteering with us as part of his Outdoor Leadership degree), Adrian (who volunteers alongside groups as a qualified climbing instructor) and Kirsten (who has caught the volunteering bug and has returned 5 times since her initial visit). A big thank you to each and every one of our volunteers - we couldn't do it without you.  

Birdies, Bogies & Eagles

Following the success and enjoyment of last year's Playdale charity golf event, Playdale Playgrounds decided to do it again! Teams made up of Playdale staff and local keen golfers spent a happy afternoon in the sun, putting, pitching and driving to raise funds for Bendrigg. The day took place at Grange Fell Golf Club at Grange-over-Sands and once again the glorious Cumbrian sun shone down on the golfers. Eleven teams of four played a 'Texas Scramble' format and the winning team of Paul (Playdale welder) and three Ulverston Golf Club members finished on 52.5 points ahead of the next nearest team! Thanks to generous sponsorship for the event and a host of fantastic donated prizes, the total raised stands at a fantastic £537 to date! Thank you once again to Playdale for helping more people to achieve through adventure. 

50 years of Birmingham Phab Camps

Take a look at this wonderful film from Birmingham Phab Camps with some great footage of Bendrigg activities. Birmingham Phab are celebrating their 50th anniversary (congratulations!) and will be enjoying more activities at Bendrigg in just a few weeks time! 

Upcoming Events

Cross Bay Walk: 18th August 10.45am
Help support the work of Bendrigg Trust by joining us for our annual Cross Bay Walk in our 40th anniversary year. All funds raised will go towards purchasing essential equipment such as hoists, harnesses and off-road wheelchairs to support adults with disabilities have amazing outdoor opportunities. To book visit our website. 

Bendrigg Activity Festival: 29th September 11am-4pm
To celebrate 40 years of the Bendrigg trust we are holding an inclusive activity festival at Bendrigg lodge, Open from 11am - 4pm you can come and try activities from 11am - 2pm such as the zip wire, climbing, abseiling, archery, tube slide, bush craft, circus skills and more. There will also be live music, a hog roast, beer tent and tea and cake and face painting. 


To continue supporting disabled and disadvantaged people across the country we need almost £300,000 of donations each year. By becoming a member of the Bendrigg Supporters Club and giving a regular donation you can help us to help others. By joining you will also receive this newsletter 24 hours before everyone else!


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