Honoured guests Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Councillor and Mrs Hackett, joined other valued friends, patrons and supporters last week (Friday 24 February) for a special event at Barnstondale Activity Centre, held in appreciation for their continued support.
As part of the celebration, guests had the opportunity to tour the centre to see key improvements that have been made in the last 18 months and to watch children enjoying the activities on offer. Centre manager George Jones told guests his future plans for Barnstondale – and its next fundraising focus – the Target Hub. Guests were also treated to an entertaining talk by Sir Jon Murphy, the recently-retired Chief Constable of Merseyside, who recounted experiences from an expansive and interesting career spanning over 40 years as a serving police officer.
The official proceedings were followed by a buffet lunch and then the children were presented with achievement certificates. Commented George Jones, centre manager: “Our supporters are so important to us and we were keen to take the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to them. I always think it’s so much easier to show people what you have done than try to explain it. When visitors leave Barnstondale they have a real sense of what we are trying to achieve and the difference we can make to the children who visit us.
“Our latest fundraising endeavour, the Target Hub, is the next key investment for the centre. To have a purpose built, all-weather, inclusive environment for all our different target activities will offer real benefits to our children – especially with the climate on the Wirral!”
Barnstondale Centre is an inclusive adventure and activity centre, which features both on-site accommodation in log cabins and apartments, and a range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, for children and young adults of all ages and abilities. Activities available include climbing, archery, abseiling, kayaking, target shooting and orienteering, as well as a range of sports. The centre is situated in 15 acres of Wirral woodland. As a registered charity, Barnstondale relies on donations and fundraising to continue its work.
For more information about Barnstondale visit www.barnstondale.org or call Heidi Hughes, Business Director at Barnstondale on 0151 648 1412.