We received this letter from Christina, who is a reader, and thought we would share it far and wide in case anyone would like to help…
PLEASE NOTE: You can donate whatever amount you like on the crowd funding page; the larger amounts only relate to the free outdoor activities.
My daughter has been kayaking with volunteers from SASP (Somerset Activities Sports Partnership) for three years now, where she has learnt kayaking and paddle boarding. The kayaking has been run by the most incredible group of volunteers who have not only taught her well, but, at the same time, have been working tirelessly towards establishing an outdoor activities centre in French Weir in Taunton. They have been working on this for the last six years and have raised an incredible amount of money (£960k) in the process. The building (COACH) is now up and looking astonishing! I was lucky enough to have a tour of it the other day, and it really is a magnificent building which will serve families, communities, schools, and youth groups within Taunton, so well. It is much needed.
COACH is a charity organisation and is situated in French Weir Park, on the River Tone.
· A seminar/conference suite for up to 60 delegates
· Excellent on-site catering/cafe provision by Karen and Peter Hood, proprietors of the very successful Shed cafe
· An outdoor activities delivery partner – Channel Adventure – and tailor-made programmes for groups of all sizes
· First-class equipment and facilities for participants’ use
· A unique indoor-outdoor space for specialist activities
COACH also offers canoeing, rowing, running, cycling and orienteering, a wide range of opportunities for schools, community and youth groups and a base for local park “Friends” groups.
However, in order for the building to be opened, we need to raise an extra £30,000! So, a crowdfunding campaign has now been launched.
I am therefore writing to you, in the hope that you might be able to donate or contribute in some way to helping us raise the extra money urgently needed. Any contribution, however big or small will be very, very much appreciated.
Please, even if you cannot contribute, would you pass this email on to anyone who you think might be able to and would like to take advantage of the some of the activity sessions below – perhaps for their own families or as a business/team building activity.
These are the options on the crowdfunding page:
In return for a contribution, our outdoor activity delivery partners Channel Adventure (www.channeladventure.co.uk) have pledged a team-building/activity session for anyone contributing, based on the following scale:
£250 – A 2 hr activity session for up to 8 people
£500 – A 4 hr session with 2 activities for up to 10 people
£750 – A 6 hr multi activity day for up to 10 people
£1000+ – A Coastal adventure day (Spring/Summer) or White Water canoe/ kayak trip (Autumn/ Winter) – for up to 10 people
Activities could typically include: canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, axe and knife throwing, archery, team building, sailing, outdoor swimming, raft building, coastal rafting, coasteering, climbing and abseiling, windsurfing
Should you have any enquiries or if you would like to speak directly with the organisers, please contact Dave Bullock or give him a call on 07834 590883.
This is such a worthwhile cause, that will make a massive difference and huge impact to so many young people. I can personally vouch for the fact that my daughter has had the most amazing time with this group for the past few years. Not only has she learnt to kayak and paddle board, but she has grown in confidence, made new friends and both her and I have felt very much a part of this community.
I’d be so grateful for your help. Thanks ever so much for taking the time to read this, and please do pass this on…