Summer activities for youngsters
The long summer months can be a struggle for some families who barely manage to feed their children during the school year and may not have any money spare to pay for day trips.
Dorothy and Mel worked tirelessly to make summer activities for children and teenagers part of the WTRRP mission, ensuring that all who take part have fond memories of their early summers in the UK.
A dedicated team of volunteers headed by Mel Southin has been planning this year’s summer events for months. This includes arranging transport (usually a minibus and several cars driven by volunteers) and the food – a key part of any WTRRP event! Lunch bags are provided so youngsters don’t have to spend anything on the day, and we always provide a variety of different treats too.
Cycling at the Olympic Park
Our first outing was a cycling-themed visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 2nd of August, where under-12s took on the BMX course and over-12s could try their hand at track cycling in the velodrome.
24 children took part, and judging by their reactions, a good time was had by all!
“I had never done so much cycling before in my life and it was fun going round the track. It was hard riding a bike with no brakes but I really enjoyed it although I might be a bit stiff tomorrow! I have been to many WTRRP activities before; I went to Lee Valley White Water Centre last year and to football in the spring to watch Watford vs Wolves and always have a good time.”F (female)
“I had never been on an outing with WTRRP before. I really enjoyed going over the humps with the BMX bike and flying in the air. I can’t wait to be 12 to do the track cycling, and I would definitely do this again.”
Many of the children were asleep in the minibus on the way back after the day’s exertions. All were collected or delivered safely back home looking forward to future trips – back to the Olympic Park to play tennis and hockey, a second visit to the BMX track and velodrome, and hydrospeeding at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
Fun for under 10s
We also arranged two joint events with the Watford Quakers over summer. These parties gave families with children under 10 the opportunity to come together in garden of Friends Meeting House for an afternoon of fun and food.
Our generous supporters
We are grateful to the Lee Valley Community Trust for sponsoring all of the summer’s sporting events and to Magic Radio, whose generous grant will cover all food expenses, minibus hire and fuel.
Marie-Jo Churchill, Volunteer Coordinator