Forward Assist Veterans Provide Inner City Kids With 'life changing' day of adventure in the Great Outdoors
On Saturday 31st April 2014 on a gloriously sunny day.....eight young people from Billingham in Teesside took part in a 'Wellbeing Challenge' organised by Youth Focus North East and Forward Assist Veterans Support Charity. The young people, several of whom had never had the opportunity to leave Billingham before were brought by mini bus with their carers to Steel Rigg on Hadrian's Wall and taken on a walk across the top of the wall to 'Sycamore Gap'. The walk was both educational and physically demanding and was led by former Royal Marine Physical Training Instructor Simon Kristiansen and Colin Hutchinson former WO2 with The Royal Engineers. Dave Munt Regional Lead for the Angling Development Trust and youth leader took the opportunity to educate the young people about the Roman Wall’s fascinating history. On return from their excursion the young people were provided with a marvellous BBQ cooked to perfection by Forward Assists Cook2Give team who ensured the young people had a healthy and nutritious meal. After lunch the group returned to the Roman Wall and were handed over to the Forward Assist Rock, Ice & Mountain Climbing Academy whereupon Chris Pretty from Chris Pretty Mountaineering supervised a climb up a challenging rock face which included a thrilling abseil back down.
Hannah Shaw from Youth Focus North East said;
"...it was a fantastic experience for everyone and a big thanks to all the veterans at Forward Assist for making this an enjoyable and memorable day"
Photographs of the event can be viewed on the Forward Assist Twitter feed. @forwardassist1