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MS Society Taster Weekend a Huge Success

Credit: Tony Hall Photography

Calvert Trust Kielder recently hosted two hugely successful taster weekends for people with MS, their families and friends.  Following their popularity, plans have already begun for a MS Adventure Weekend next April.

Credit: Tony Hall PhotographyThe first weekend was held in October and attracted 36 people, but due to massive demand a second one was quickly arranged in November by Sally Hemingbrough (Team Leader Respite Care) and Tara Martin (Team Leader Business Development).

The weekends were developed to give an opportunity to experience what Calvert Trust Kielder has to offer, including motor boating on Kielder Water, an exhilarating ride on the King Swing and a climbing session on our indoor wall. For those who wanted to sample something less strenuous, the hydrotherapy pool, sauna, sensory room and aromatherapy treatments were available.

Credit: Tony Hall PhotographyEveryone loved Whisper the Barn Owl, who took centre stage when Ray Lowden from Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre, brought some of his feathered friends to visit.

One guest from the October weekend said:

“It was wonderful to be involved in everything; my abilities were more important than any impairments I have – a positive environment with positive attitudes – really enjoyed it and so did my PA, instead of being in the background she was able to have fun too, thank you”.

The weekend was heavily subsidised by a generous benefactor and people came from all over the country including Fife, Edinburgh and York, to enjoy the break.  The MS Society helped to promote the weekends and were really keen to help Calvert Trust Kielder to realise their objectives for the event.

Tara Martin said:

"We wanted to do something that would encourage people to come and have a go at what we do; we hope to encourage people to realise - it’s what you can do that counts.  The weekends gave our guests the opportunity to get out in the countryside and take part in activities they may not have thought possible.”

Credit: Tony Hall PhotographyCTK and the MS Society are busy working on the MS Adventure Weekend in April 2012.  The dates are 27 – 30 April and the price is £309 per person or £440 for anyone who would like to come and stay on our Adult Respite Care package.  Accommodation will comprise of 4 star lodges sleeping up to 7 people in each and twin, triple or single rooms in the main centre.

Sally Hemingbrough said:

"There is a huge demand for what we do; we can make a massive difference to peoples’ lives and we are keen to work with the MS Society again to provide another weekend next year."

For further information on making a booking at Calvert Trust Kielder please contact a member of the Business Development Team on 01434 250232.


Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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