The Rotary Clubs of Cober Valley, Helston-Lizard and Helston have recently demonstrated their ongoing commitment to us by generously donating £6,000 to be spent on essential equipment. Crucially, this includes renewing our water fleet through the purchase of stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, made from recycled fishing nets by Odyssey Innovation. This is vital to us being able to continue to operate effectively in providing outdoor learning and mentoring activities for disabled, disadvantaged and disaffected young people.
Throughout last year, we supported a wide range of disadvantaged young people, including Children in Care across our core programmes. Helping them on a journey of change, we use our 60-acre 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 water-sports to climbing, team-building games and more.
Such activities drastically improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged young people and particularly those with mental health issues. One such story has come from Holly, who initially had very low confidence and through encouragement and support from staff and peers, has started to step out of her comfort zone. She has challenged herself in new activities and her biggest achievement has been overcoming her deep rooted fear of the water which has now become her favourite activity.
Adrian Richards, CEO of BF Adventure said: “We are incredibly grateful for this support. Without it we couldn’t purchase this essential equipment and continue to deliver the life changing work that our fantastic staff provide to young people in Cornwall.”
The three Rotary Clubs have shown continued involvement above and beyond raising funds. They have supported BF Adventure over the years, both in terms of volunteer support in connection with our core activities, and in providing volunteer labour when required in connection with substantial projects on the site.