A 13-year-old boy who suffered a brain injury two days after birth that left him with vision loss, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities, has launched his second campaign for the Lake District Calvert Trust – this time to highlight the importance of heirlooms.
Forced Covid-19 blockages Calvert Lakes, which offers outdoor activities for people with deep and complex disabilities, to close its doors, resulting in a loss of income of £ 1million. Oliver Voysey launched his first aid campaign, completing a series of challenges against the grain as part of his “Oliver’s Calvert Army” challenge, ultimately raising over £ 250,000 for the charity. It also saw Oliver receiving the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award.
With heirlooms playing a key role in keeping the Lake District Calvert Trust open after the pandemic, Oliver’s latest campaign seeks to raise awareness of their importance.
Oliver’s mother Sarah (both pictured), a former charity fundraiser, explained:
“The pandemic has resulted in a devastating loss of income for charities such as Calvert Lakes, with fundraising activities severely restricted.
“For Calvert, every inheritance, big or small, makes a huge difference and translates into joyful and overwhelming experiences for thousands of children and adults with disabilities.
“Oliver’s legacy was building his army and what we want to do next is encourage people to remember the Calvert Trust in their wills. In this way, we can help other families create memories through other heirlooms. We want more people to enjoy this incredibly special place. Calvert gave Oliver experiences we didn’t think were possible.
Demonstrating the impact the legacies have on the charity, a recent £ 100,000 legacy to the Lake District Calvert Trust paid for essential renovations to the center before it reopens in June.
Other heirlooms play a vital role in maintaining Calvert’s unique facilities and specially adapted amenities, such as its wheelchair-accessible tree climbing course – the first of its kind in the UK, a fully equipped multisensory hydrotherapy pool. accessible, a zip line, dinghies and accessible bicycles. . There is also an equestrian center with indoor and outdoor spaces, an observation gallery, elevators and electronic winches.
Director of Fundraising at the Lake District Calvert Trust, Jennifer Scott commented:
“Heirlooms, big or small, make a lasting difference. For Calvert Lakes, they are an extremely important part of our fundraising campaign, providing funds for critical developments and enabling us to continue our service for the long term.
“As a charity, we depend on the generosity of those who believe in our goals. We welcome the support that enables people with the most complex and profound disabilities to enjoy the joy and benefits of the Calvert experience. “
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