South Lakes adventure attraction Treetop Trek is donating 20% of all voucher sales to The Bendrigg Trust, amid concern that activity and adventure charities for the disabled and disadvantaged are suffering after ministers told schools not to take pupils on overnight residential visits.
The Trust specialises in adventure activities for disadvantaged people and those with physical & learning disabilities in Cumbria and will receive £5 from every Treetop Trek £25 voucher purchased between now and the end of the year.
As the team at the Brockhole-based attraction prepares to re-open on 19th December, Managing Director Mike Turner says he hopes the gesture will go some way towards helping the charity to prevent families who rely on their important facilities from missing-out.
Mike says, “Many outdoor residential centres and other similar charities are on their knees at the moment, after the Department for Education’s recent advice against domestic overnight educational visits. As that advice isn’t expected to be reviewed until February, we know that every little helps right now.”
Treetop Trek enjoys a strong relationship with The Bendrigg Trust, who helped them in an advisory role ahead of a £50,000 investment at their Brockhole based attraction, installing specialist breaking and hoisting equipment allowing wheelchair or restricted mobility users safe use of the triple zip wire.
Mike continues, “South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling on the Government to provide emergency financial support for outdoor education centres, after nearly 3,000 jobs are thought to have already been lost at similar organisations in the last few months. Many people with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to access outdoor activities, so it’s crucial that we protect the services for those who do have the opportunity.
“It is essential that charities like The Bendrigg Trust maintain a strong and sustainable presence in the Lake District. Not only so that they can continue to deliver their own fantastic experiences but equally, through partnership working, they help businesses like ours to better understand and manage accessibility at all Lake District attractions and experiences. The accessibility training that the Bendrigg team provide us with has been hugely valuable and has now become embedded in our standard instructor training programme.”
Nick Liley, Principal of Bendrigg Trust says, “We are incredibly grateful to Treetop Trek for their generous support during what is a very difficult time for the outdoor sector. Although we have another challenging year ahead, having support like this gives me confidence that Bendrigg will thrive once more.”
For every £25 spent on Treetop Trek gift vouchers this December, £5 will be donated to the Bendrigg Trust to help it to continue its vital work. Vouchers make great Christmas gifts and also play an important part in helping local businesses recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can buy a voucher here.