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High Profile Civic Visitors to the Lake District Calvert Trust

The Lake District Calvert trust had some high profile guests on Tuesday afternoon. On his final day in office, the outgoing High Sheriff of Cumbria, Martyn Hart, visited the specialist centre on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.   This was his very final act as High Sheriff before handing over to his successor at an official ceremony in Kendal that evening.

Martyn has been a member of numerous voluntary organisations, especially those supporting children with special needs, and has a personal connection with the sector through his late daughter Lauren who attended James Rennie Special School in Carlisle.   The High Sheriff has been a Governor of the school for 20 years and pupils are regular visitors to the Calvert Trust. 

 

 

The High Sheriff was accompanied on the visit by his wife Tess Hart MBE, along with the Mayor of Carlisle Steven Bowditch and his wife Christine. Steven has connections to both the Calvert Trust and the High Sheriff, having been the head teacher of James Rennie Special School from 1986 until his retirement in 2007.   The Mayor has also been an active member of Carlisle MENCAP for over 30 years and is the Chairman of the Carlisle based Glenmore Trust, which provides a wide range of residential and day services for adults with disabilities; both charities have used the Calvert Trust facilities in recent years visiting with their own service users.

 

 

While at the centre, the group had a tour of the facilities including the specialist hydrotherapy pool and saw instructors working with a group of pupils and teachers from Sir Charles Parsons School in Newcastle.   The Mayor and the High Sheriff even got to take part in an activity when they helped hoist a pupil from the school to the top of the hall so that they could enjoy the “Big Swing”.

 

Prior to his visit the High Sheriff was interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria where he praised the work done by the Calvert Trust and the fantastic support it gets from across Cumbria in its fundraising efforts.  

 

 

Adding to this, the Mayor said of his visit “the Calvert Trust is continuing to do what it has always done so very, very well; providing opportunities for children & adults with disabilities to gain self-respect & self-esteem through taking part in activities they never thought possible’

 

 


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