Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Calvert Trust!  I hope that you will enjoy reading about this remarkable charity with its three Centres in Northumberland, The Lake District and Exmoor.


It was thirty years ago in the Lake District that John Fryer Spedding had the vision and energy to create a Centre on the side of the lake where people with any sort of disability, and their families, could enjoy holidays full of adventure and activities especially designed for their needs.


Suddenly, our disabled visitors were finding themselves swimming, sailing, canoeing, riding, abseiling or sliding down a zip wire and much more!  All this with the utmost safety and looked after by highly trained and friendly staff.  Their families join in and relax knowing that all this is managed by skilled experts for the enjoyment and comfort of all. This Centre was so successful that two others have been created, one on the beautiful Kielder Water in Northumberland, and another in the magical countryside of Exmoor.


Each centre accommodates 50 to 60 guests in private units, with excellent food and fantastic accessible facilities. They are all run with specially trained staff and instructors, a CEO, Chairman and board of local Trustees, who are always interested in developing new indoor and outdoor activities for our visitors.


I have been involved with the Calvert Trust for many years and have seen the sheer delight on the faces of autistic children and those with learning difficulties, riding a horse, swimming, sailing, enjoying a barbeque; the excitement of amputees on a zip wire, a climbing wall, in a sailing boat; the joy of young carers learning to be children again; and the peace and relaxation of their families.


I have just taken over as President from our founder, and am very proud to continue my involvement with the fantastic work of The Calvert Trust in this role. We have happy relationships with other organisations helping the disabled, and hope to co-operate more and more with them to give more people with disabilities the opportunity to discover that at The Calvert Trust “it is not what you cannot do, but what you CAN do that counts”.


We have been helped so generously by so many wonderful donors, Trusts and volunteers, and we will be hoping to create another new Centre in the future.


The Calvert Trust is fortunate to be able to provide so much enjoyment for so many; I do hope that you will tell your friends about us, and come and visit us, whichever part of the country you may find yourself in.


Jennifer Acland

January, 2014

Lady Acland, our President


Lady Acland enjoying canoeing at Calvert Trust Exmoor

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