Disabled children and their families came together to enjoy a free day at Conkers Adventure and Discovery Centre, Ashby de la Zouch, learning about survival techniques and nature to have fun, build confidence and reduce isolation, thanks to a £150,000 grant from the Freemasons to the Contact charity.
Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, is hosting fun events in Leicestershire and across the Midlands.
Families got a chance to come together and enjoy Bushcraft and Bug Hunting on the day. Highlights were cooking S’mores (toasted marshmallow sandwiched between chocolate biscuits) over the fires they had built together and finding out where and how creepy crawlies and bugs live, even finding a common newt as well as having time to explore and play.
It is one of a host of exciting events being planned in the area, with something to suit all interests including interactive theatre performances, creating stories workshops and “try it” sports days.
It was one of the first live events after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions, and parents and children alike were overjoyed to meet up with other families.
The grant from Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Charlotte Amison, Contact’s Better Together Events Manager, said:
“We’re really grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant. Families with disabled children can feel isolated and alone because they don’t know anyone else in their situation. And the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified those feelings. Our Better Together events are the perfect tonic. They’re not only an opportunity for families to enjoy fun shared experiences, they also boost confidence and help them make friends and support networks.”
Peter Kinder, Head of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons, said:
“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help Contact with their wonderful project. It’s difficult enough for disabled children and their families at the best of times, but Covid-19 has inevitably led to greater isolation. These events are a marvellous way for them to have fun and boost their confidence.”