This summer a group of 10 RGR veterans were able to take their families on a Calvert Trust Short Break on Exmoor with the help of funding from the RGR Operational Welfare Fund.
The Calvert Trust was founded in 1976 with the vision of “enabling people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside.” They have three centres in the UK at which disabled people can participate in short breaks, with families by taking part in a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities including climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing , and horse riding fully attended by skilled, qualified and caring staff.
The fun packed, four day adventure break gave the ex-servicemen and their families not only a physical and mental challenge but also the chance to get away for a holiday. They received a structured programme of activities lead by qualified and friendly instructors and were provided with challenging activities like canoeing, abseiling, zip wire, archery, challenge course, rock climbing, crate stack and cycling.
Vinod Budhathoki, one of those who was able to attend with his family said;
“Participating myself and watching friends, family and even the children pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and doing all the challenges was very exciting to watch.
Not only were the adventure activities fantastic but we also had the opportunity to lighten our mood and we were also provided with live music and a disco. The accommodation, food and bar were also excellent.
We would like to thank Captain Nanibabu Magar for arranging this wonderful adventure holiday and also thank the Calvert Trust and RGR Trust for giving us the opportunity to have a such a wonderful holiday.”