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Widehorizons: Adventure in Unexpected Places
Recently, you may have read our Journey of Adventure blog, which showed how the charity, Widehorizons, provides adventure for all children as part of their education and development.
As that blog was posted, Widehorizons’ Events Coordinator, Ceri Rhoades, found herself in the midst of the London tube strikes, and they actually proved to be more of an adventure than she thought:
“After the initial chaos of not being able to squeeze onto a bus, I eventually decided the quickest way of getting to Victoria would be to walk, and it turned out to be quite exciting! I passed several international embassies, was a stone’s throw from the V&A, Natural History, and Science museums, and even “celeb-spotted” the actress Gemma Arterton as she rode past me on her bike. Even in the obscurest of circumstances, I experienced an unexpected adventure right on my doorstep!”
Widehorizons currently provides Outreach to local schools, where one of their team visits a class and takes them on an adventure within their own neighbourhood. With over 80% of people now living in urban areas, and many children lacking the means or opportunities to get out to the countryside, Widehorizons’ uses even the smallest of green spaces to give children an unexpected adventure.
Last week, Widehorizons’ tutor, Gemma Knight, took a class of 8-year olds from one such school in Lewisham to explore Beckenham Place Park. The children went on a habitat walk to find plant and animal homes along a woodland trail. Many of the children were not prepared for the mud. As Gemma put it, “ballet pumps aren’t really the outdoor shoe of choice!”
As the pupils continued to explore, one boy proudly announced that he had just helped his friend to get through the mud by giving him a piggy back. During their adventure, the boy had also learnt how to work with others without even realising it.
Without the help of Widehorizons and their supporters, the class from Lewisham would not have been able to experience this unexpected adventure, and the 8-year old boy would not have developed his team-working skills as a result.
On Saturday 21st June, Widehorizons are inviting you to go on your own adventure by taking part in Nightline; a 50km night-walk through the striking urban landscapes of London and into the gorgeous countryside of Kent. By taking part, you will be raising funds for more children to experience adventure - perhaps for the first time in their lives.
By entering before February 28th you will also be in with the chance of winning a pair of Merrell walking shoes (the actual outdoor shoe of choice!).