On Friday 4th October, BF Adventure’s 2019 Ball took place at The Falmouth Hotel and raised £8,000. Funds raised will go to BF Adventure’s core charitable aims of supporting children and young people with learning and/or physical disabilities, behavioural challenges, mental ill-health and other issues associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences. A special thank you goes to all who came, donated auction prizes and sponsored the event.
The evening kicked off with entertainment from Jon Martin Magic, before a three course meal followed by an auction of promises. Huge thanks goes to Auctioneer Paul Le Bas, prize donors and the Proper Job DJ, who ended the evening on a brilliant high. We were delighted to have the company of all who joined, including our corporate supporters Serco, Classic Cottages, InsideOut Living and Avanti Communications.
Fundraising events like these provide crucial funds to allow BF Adventure to continue its work supporting young people. Throughout last year, BF Adventure supported a wide range of Children in Care across its core programmes. Helping them on a journey of change, it uses its 60 acre outdoor site of heathland, woodland and flooded quarries to enable them to identify their own social, emotional and physical barriers and choose their own challenges which will support them to overcome these. Activities range from quarrysteering to kayaking, archery, climbing and den-building, to name a few. One recent breakthrough came from Caz. Caz was referred to us by his school due to his low mood. His parents were separated and his dad was struggling with depression and caring for Caz. Caz said he felt there was nothing good about his life and his family were under a Child in Need Plan following concerns around neglect. On his taster day Caz barely said a word and was withdrawn but agreed to go on the zip wire. When he reached the end he was beaming. He went on it again and again and became increasingly animated. When Caz returned a week later he was again very withdrawn. He gradually took part in teambuilding activities and by the end he was laughing, talking and making eye contact. Caz blossomed as the programme continued and he became a role model, supporting others. He has now joined a surf lifesaving group.
We look forward to running future fundraising events which provide crucial income to continue helping more young people from all walks of life. Thank you once again to everyone who made this event a success.