WAY members at Kingswood

February 2017

Earlier this month, a group of more than 100 WAY members and children attended the Kingswood Activity Weekend for the fourth year running for two days of outdoor adventures.

This year's activities included: abseiling, archery, fencing and the zip wire, to name but a few.

Organiser Martin Bayliss said: "To see people facing their fears and climbing over the edge of that tower, throwing themselves down the zip wire  being supported by the people at the bottom pretty much sums up the reason for the weekend for me. The peer-to-peer support is amazing to see."

"There was laughter, there were screams and there were tears but there was lots and lots of support going around," he added. "The weather was amazing, the sun shone down on us and people were happy and having fun." 

After a disco and medal presentation on the Saturday night, there were more activities on the Sunday morning and WAY members departed after sharing another amazing weekend making memories with new friends.  

Martin is currently in negotiations with Kingswood about holding the WAY activity weekend at Kingswood again next year - so watch this space.

Here's what one of our members, Sian, said after her first weekend away with fellow WAYers:

"We are home, dirty, exhausted but what a fun weekend we have had!! I managed to get us to Doncaster without getting lost where we met a great group of people, and special memories were made! One thing joined us all together in that we had all lost a partner and most, if not all of the children, had lost a parent. It was a weekend focussed on fun and adventure, but it was also very humbling and empowering to meet so many people in the same boat. If you know of anyone widowed under 50 please recommend WAY to them it's a truly fantastic organisation!"