In May 2017 we were awarded a £500 grant from the Leeds Fund microgrants scheme, managed by the fantastic Leeds Community Foundation. Here’s how we’ve spent the money to support outdoor activities at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
The microgrant has been invaluable in our first year, helping us to purchase equipment and resources to bring the outdoor activities and adventure that are core to Scouting and Girlguiding to our unit.
With the help of the microgrant we’ve been able to purchase outdoor cooking equipment, gardening items and sports items so that our young people can get out and about in the fabulous Rose Garden at Leeds General Infirmary.
Our young people have learned to make their own meals outside, camping and tent pitching skills, practiced their agility skills (often key to rehabilitation for young patients), plant our own mini gardens and create a permanent home for creepy crawlies in the gardens which have provided an endless source of excitement and wonder on our bug hunts!
In June we were also able to use a small part of the grant to help us take a group of 18 siblings from Candlelighters to the Central Yorkshire Scout Camp at Bramham Park where the young people were able to take part in a range of activities including archery, abseiling, grass sledging and camp crafts.
Before the year is out we also have plans to plant our very own part of the garden to learn about how plants grow and their importance in our lives.
Almost nine months in to the project we can reveal that this scheme has helped us to support 120 young patients, their siblings and other young visitors at Leeds Children’s Hospital!
Many of these young people have earned interest or challenge badges with us and we’ve had plenty of repeat visitors over a period of weeks or months.
We’d like to thanks Leeds Community Foundation for considering us for the Leeds Fund scheme – you’re support has allowed us to extend our programmes in a way that will sustain the unit for years to come.