During their most recent visit, Debbie knew that Gemma would be able to take part in activities that would challenge her and to which there would be no barriers as a wheelchair user. Gemma, meanwhile, wanted to make new friends in an inclusive environment.
Debbie said: “Even as a full-time wheelchair user, all activities were achievable for Gemma – there was no onlooking for Gemma!
“She wasn’t sure about the climbing at first, but watched the others and then gave it a go. Her reward was ringing the bell at the top and a big cheer from the rest of the group! She was so pleased with herself.
“Archery, with the adapted bow, was amazing. Gemma concentrated well at this and was delighted with her success. One of her favourite things was going fast on the bikes and she kept telling me to pedal faster! I enjoyed this activity, too. It was a lovely afternoon around the reservoir with our group. In fact, one of the real highlights of the weekend for Gemma, being the sociable girl that she is, was the people she spent her time with,” said Debbie.
“We also enjoyed the canoeing – with the hoist it was fully accessible – and taking part in challenges on the lake and spotting the wildlife. It’s a beautiful location. Having access to the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room meant time to relax after a day of activities.
“It was a brilliant weekend. Gemma enjoyed every moment of it, whether cheering others on during activities, in the forest learning bushcraft skills and toasting marshmallows over the fire, partying at the disco in the evening or just having meals together.
“Gemma enjoyed herself so much that she wants to come back and bring Daddy, too.”