Elin’s Second Week at Kielder

By Elin Styrbjorn, Activities Co-ordinator

I’m sitting in a quiet reception, waiting for the last seven families to arrive. Since I last told you about Kielder, the leaves have started to change colour and the rain has unfortunately picked up. A few new activities have been added to the list and during the last week our families have gone sailing, driven around the Kielder Water in golf buggies and gone geocaching.

Something that has really touched me during this trip is the very evident and special bond between an able-bodied child and his or her disabled sibling. While the majority of able-bodied siblings, just like my sister and I, usually fight and disagree while growing up, the sibling relationship between an able-bodied child and a disabled child seems to be very different. There’s absolutely no doubt that these siblings adore each – and it’s a magical thing to witness. If they’re not wheelchair racing down a muddy country road or laughing while going up the King Swing, they’re probably having a cuddle on the sofa while watching a movie.

Visiting Kielder during these past weeks has been such a fantastic and absolutely eye-opening experience for me. Not only have I had the pleasure to meet 21 amazing families, but I have also realised that there’s no limit to what you can do as long as you have the right equipment and someone to help you do it. Friday will be our last day at Kielder and I am honestly already looking forward to our next visit in October 2017. Although, since I now know that not even the sky is a limit for our families, I’m pretty excited to get back home and start planning for future Charlie House friendly activities in the North-East.


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