Carers get chance of a day out at Badminton

March 29 2015

This year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is to be first international sporting event to host an initiative that will allow carers of those with disabilities to enjoy a day out whilst their loved ones are looked after.

 

Carers get chance of a day out at BadmintonThis year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is to be first international sporting event to host an initiative that will allow carers of those with disabilities to enjoy a day out whilst their loved ones are looked after.
From Thursday 7th May to Sunday 10th May, the Hop Skip and Jump charity will be attending the horse trials to launch ‘Care at the Event’.
The project will provide respite day care for anyone with additional needs, no matter how complex, in order that they and their families may have the opportunity to enjoy a family day out.
Badminton is the first event to sponsor such a space so that families can enjoy a day at the horse trials without anxiety.  With more than 150,000 people expected at this year’s trials, organisers say it’s a fantastic occasion at which to launch Hop Skip and Jump’s Care at the Event.
The Hop Skip and Jump marquee will be situated next to the disabled car park where highly trained staff will welcome and care for all ages whatever their disability. There will be a wet room and a variety of activities, as well as a screen showing the dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
Chairman of Hop Skip and Jump, the Reverend Celia Carter said “It is our wish for families who care for all those with a disability to be given the opportunity to enjoy a special day out at Badminton. Our staff will help provide hours of fun and laughter, while the family are free to walk the course, watch the show jumping and dressage as well as visit the shops. We are thrilled that the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has had the vision to provide this facility in conjunction with Hop Skip and Jump”.
Care at the Event has been developed from Care in the High Street, an initiative to provide high quality respite care in centrally located and easily accessible spaces such as shopping centres and football stadiums. This initiative was launched at an event hosted by Samantha Cameron at Ten Downing Street.
Badminton Event Director Hugh Thomas said “We were very excited when Hop Skip and Jump approached us. To make our event more accessible to disabled and disadvantaged people and above all their carers is a great step forward”.
‘Care at the Event’ will be open Thursday to Saturday from 10am – 6pm and on Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Reservations can be made in advance by email office@hopskipandjump.org.uk or by telephone 01453 836 390.