Children enjoy half-term interactive train experience
Over a dozen children, with a disability or additional need, enjoyed a fun packed interactive train experience during the October half-term thanks to Virgin Trains and Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The children, together with their siblings, were treated to a FREE Virgin Trains Experience at the companies Rookie Academy in Crewe, as part of the charity’s Activity Days programme.
Participants, aged up to 18 years of age, climbed on board a real Virgin Trains pedalo and got to try their hand at, amongst other things, making an on board train announcement, operating the food and drinks trolley in the aisle, dispatching the train from the platform and sitting in the driver’s seat.
“I’ve never seen children on one of our activity days as excited as this before,” said Becky Derri, from Caudwell Children. “It was a wonderful experience and the highlight of course was sitting in the driver’s seat and getting to know how it feels to drive a train.”
The visit took place on Friday 1st November and children travelled from as far as Shropshire, Coventry and the Peak District to attend the event.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for families to get out of the house and have fun during the half-term break,” continued Becky. “Participants got the chance to see what goes into running a real-life railway station and they were able to get hands-on with all sorts of different activities.
“Getting to meet a real train driver in the cab was a real highlight!”
Virgin Trains also provided free first class travel to the session for all those who attended the event.
“One of the biggest barriers for disabled children in participating in activities outside the house is the cost,” explained Becky. “So Virgin Trains support was really welcomed by the families.”
Each participant received a free Virgin Rookies backpack, cap, whistle and T-shirt.
“Participants were also treated to refreshments,” exclaimed Becky. “All in all it was a simply brilliant day.”
Becky says that Caudwell Children’s activity days are important in helping disabled children escape the confines of their home. As she concluded: “Incredibly, 78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside the house. Activity days like this encourage social interaction in a secure environment.
“We encourage as many disabled children and young people as we can to engage in our activities and we strive to ensure that they have an enjoyable experience.”
To find out more about Caudwell Children’s Activity Days call Becky Deri on 01782 433613 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about our Short Break Activity Days here.