Visit to Apogee Beneficiary, Laburnum Boat Club
Apogee Corporation’s CEOs, Barry Ferdinand and Jason Collins, who have been actively fundraising for Capital FMs Charity, Help a Capital Child, were delighted to have the chance to visit Laburnum Boat Club which is one of the many beneficiaries of the £85K Apogee has raised to date. The Club provides opportunities for the personal development of young people with special needs through participation in a range of water-based activities such as kayaking and narrowboating plus climbing and plenty of other sports for young disabled people, Mondays for 14-19 year olds and Thursdays for 9-13s.
The Sports Clubs also provide vital respite for parents, carers and siblings, plus training and experience for volunteers who are mostly older youth club members.
Barry and Jason enjoyed an action packed visit, having a go at table tennis and basketball with some of the boys as well as having a chat with members of the group whilst they enjoyed tucking into their pancakes. They also heard one of the young girls sing an amazing, impromptu rendition of ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele. Following the visit, the children were going bowling, which they were all very much looking forward too.
Jo Graham from Help a Capital Child said “Thanks to the support of companies like Apogee, Help a Capital Child has been able to continue to fund sessional workers to support the twice weekly Sports Club for young disabled people.”
Barry Ferdinand said “It was a pleasure to meet the children and staff at Laburnum. Itwas inspirational to see how hard the helpers work to make life easier for the children and their carers. It is clear how much the children enjoy their participation and how important these sessions are in aiming to improve the children’s mobility and communication skills.”
Adam is one of the young people who has enjoyed and benefited from the weekly sports activities …
…Adam is a 17 year old with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties (resulting after a car accident when he was younger). He requires one-to-one supervision as he can fit at any time, which has made accessing other provision difficult and limited his ability to build friendships in the past. Due to the HACC funding we were able to offer him sufficient support so that he could attend every week including picking him up from school, close supervision and assistance when with us, qualified staff who could administer his medication and know how to deal with his fits and dropping him home by mini-bus at the end of sessions. Since joining he has gone from strength to strength, really enjoying kayaking, making lots of new friends, finding that regular exercise helps him regulate his fits and even going on a weekend trip to Devon with members of our youth club.