The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) is based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm, a 17th Century farmhouse set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. They provide a variety of free programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.
We first took a visit to CAFT early this year to meet the staff and take a look around the facilities. We were greeted with open arms by Caz, who has been so helpful throughout the whole process and lead up to the residential, and she gave us a tour of the unbelievable facilities which are surrounded by gorgeous views. We knew as soon as we arrived this is definitely somewhere we would want to bring our young people to!
After sitting down with the team we decided that the perfect group for this residential would be the young people from our Mobile Bus Project at Blueberry Park. We have been running this session for over two years now and we thought it was the right time to treat the young people to a residential, especially those who have been there since day one!
Then came the residential, after none stop excitement and hundreds of questions, it was time to embark on the adventure to CAFT. Greeted by Stuart and their Mini Bus at Blueberry Park we took the short journey to kick start the weekend. Upon arrival everyone settled down into the cosy living room while our evening meal was prepared. There was enough food to sink a ship, meaning all of us finished with full bellies! After being introduced to Emma and the team, who were going to be looking after us over the weekend, we settled down for the evening and got comfy in the Sensory Room to watch a film.
It was time to wake up and get stuck right into our first full day at CAFT. After our delicious breakfast, full of fresh pastries and warming toast, we got our wellies on and went out to meet the farm animals and give them their breakfast! We have never seen so many happy farm animals, all coming over to say hello and tuck into some food, we even managed to take one of the sheep for a walk/run across the grounds!
Coming back inside we sat down to prepare out dinner which was homemade pizzas. All of our young people had free reign of what they wanted on their pizza, we even had some baked beans on one. It was time to venture up to the sports hall where we knew the young people were in for a surprise. An abundance of toys and games, a bouldering wall, ball pit and let’s not forget the ENOURMOUS inflatable slide! It was the perfect way to tire everyone out for the evening ahead, even the staff got involved and had a good laugh.
We walked back into the farmhouse to be greeted with an amazing smell of freshly baked pizzas, we knew it was time to tuck in. Pizzas left, right and centre it was like a pizza free-for-all! It was time to collect some snacks and head over to the sensory room again to settle down and watch another film to finish off the day, when we say settle down there was definitely some ZZZ’s in the air!
Sunday came around too quickly; it was the day no one wanted to see, the day to head back home. After one last blast in the sports hall, enjoying the amazing inflatable again, it was time to get the bus loaded and head back to Liverpool. What a weekend we had, so many laughs, so many smiles and developing our relationships with the extremely well behaved young people.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the team at CAFT who made our visit very welcoming and so much fun! Let’s not forget out young people who attended and made the whole weekend one to remember, without you none of this would be possible. We are definitely going to be returning, until next time CAFT.