We’re a group of UK Youth Level 2 activity instructor apprentices here at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. We’ve set up an appeal to fund an inclusive stand up paddleboard. This will enable us to make the centre’s new paddleboarding activity accessible to all.
The story behind the fundraiser
At Avon Tyrrell, we send out customer surveys regularly to review and improve our services where we can. Following one staff meeting, the team decided to introduce a new activity to the lake, stand up paddleboarding!
As apprentice activity instructors, we really enjoy seeing the benefits of accessible adventure to children and their families. We want to do what we can to help ensure everyone will be able to take part in this new activity.
A week after the meeting and we had progressed far! We’d spoken to local suppliers, received advice from industry experts and even tried out a giant board ourselves! This really excited us about holding a fundraiser. We set up a crowdfunding page instantly.
What happened next
Within a week we raised 14% of our target which gave us a big boost, but we’ve got more to do. Our target is £2500, which will enable us to buy the paddleboard.
As a result, we will be undertaking a 24-hour paddle on the centre’s lake from midday Saturday 23rd June. During this, we’ll be paddling on a variety of crafts throughout the night. By the end, we will reach a distance the equivalent of 240km; or the distance from London to Dunkirk!
Avon Tyrrell strives to give all young people the same opportunities to experience, learn and develop through adventure and discovery. Paddleboarding is one of Avon Tyrrell’s newest activity and will provide children and young people with an opportunity to increase balance, coordination and team building.
We’re now currently at 34% of our £2,500 target and really need your help. You can support us by donating online, sharing our page and cheering us on during the fundraiser! All support would be greatly appreciated, to donate and sponsor us online please visit our crowdfunding page.
Keep update to date with our fundraising
You can watch more updates on our progress on Avon Tyrrell’s Youtube channel, we’ll be posting regularly in the lead up to the event! Thanks to everyone for their support so far.