Disabled children enjoy farm family fun day
Over 100 disabled children and their families were invited to an invitation only family fun day at Red House Farm, in Preston Capes, near Daventry on Saturday 20th July, 2019.
The event, organised by the Arblaster family who own the farm, saw over 300 attendees enjoying free helicopter rides in six helicopters that had been especially flown in for the day from across the UK.
This year the organisers chose to invite beneficiaries of Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, to the annual event.
“It was a fantastic day with a wonderful family atmosphere,” said Kerrie Davies from Caudwell Children. “Guests enjoyed face painting, glitter tattoos, children’s entertainers and a ride in a number of vintage vehicles, including an old fire engine.
“They also got to fire a hose pipe from a modern day fire engine and they undertook a treasure hunt using real metal detectors.
“It was really exciting and the kids loved it!”
Jamie Hull, from Kettering, attended the event with three of his children and he was delighted to have been invited. “Caudwell Children has supported my family for a number of years so when they told us about the family fun day it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
“Although one of my daughters has autism, and is extremely anxious, we thought we’d see if she would like a helicopter ride and, surprisingly, she really enjoyed it. We’re so proud of her.”
The event, paid for by sponsors from the local business community, also included a free barbeque, ice cream and drinks.
“We can’t thank the Arblaster family enough for inviting our beneficiaries to attend the event and the fact that everything was completely free was really significant.
“It’s five more times expensive to raise a disabled child, compared to an able bodied child, and there are many barriers to getting out of the house and having fun as a family.
“A staggering 78% of disabled children don’t’ get involved in any activity outside the home so the fact that Saturday’s event was completely free of charge was a great help to those that the charity supports.
“Not only was it great fun it was also a fantastic platform for families to meet, make new friendships, and form lasting support networks.
“But above everything it was a day the children will never forget!”
You can find out more about the services that Caudwell Children offer here.