Nearly 140 WAY members and their children enjoyed an action-packed weekend at Kingswood Activity Centre in South Yorkshire last weekend. Parents and children alike faced their fears on the high ropes and climbing wall, zipped through the air on a zip wire, learned new skills like archery and den building – as well as making lots of new friends along the way.
WAY member Martin Bayliss, who organised the weekend, said the annual Kingswood gathering was the best one yet.
“The feedback has been phenomenal,” he said. “One of the ladies who came on her own told me it was her first ever WAY event. She said, she came on her own and it’s like she now has a brand new family.”
“Everybody who came gave 110%,” said Martin, who conquered one of his own fears by reaching the top of the climbing wall – no mean feat after losing one leg to a motorbike accident.
“I’ve tried climbing towers before but never been able to get super far,” he said. “To get to the top of there was an amazing achievement. I had a few little tears at the top, after everything I’ve been through!”
“When I got to the bottom I saw a lady called Ali abseiling down the wall with her young daughter, who is deaf. Ali was signing to her daughter all the way down to reassure her. To me that was the sight of the weekend. That’s what it was all about. She pushed herself to do something – she faced her fears. That made me cry too!”
“That’s what it’s all about,” said Martin. “It’s taking on that challenge of trying something new.”
True to form, Martin was on the phone to Kingswood Activity Centre as soon as he got home to reserve a place for WAY members next year.