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‘JUMBULANCE’ NEWS ‘Jumbulance’ is a registered Trade Mark belonging to the Jumbulance Trust

Issue 11 July 2010

THE JUMBULANCE TRUST Charity No. 1090731 www.jumbulance.org.uk ‘Making Travel Possible for those with disabilities or severe illnesses’

OUR NEW WEBSITE WWW.JUMBULANCE.ORG.UK Earlier this year Dominic Kennedy, one of our Trustees, undertook the daunting task of updating our Trust website, for which we extend sincere thanks. Do look at it, we include all kinds of news on it and would love to include group reports and photos so that others can share in your experiences and pleasure. Do please also encourage your friends and family to look at it so as to spread the word about the Jumbulances and what a difference they can make to so many.

NEW ACTIVITIES This year we have extended our activities to include: HOSPITAL FOR NEURODISABILITY IN PUTNEY, the Jumbulance took a party of adults with profound and complex disabilities for a day outing to Longleat in May. WOMAD In July the Midi Jumbulance took a group of young adults with lifeshortening conditions from Helen & Douglas House in Oxford to the WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival. PARALYMPIC HANDCYCLISTS The Midi Jumbulance will be transporting for the first time competitors from Europe to the Kent International Para Cycling Championships in Deal on the first weekend in September. www.kentsport.org/kent_international_para_cycling_championships.cfm DISABLED JOCKEYS to the Cheltenham races ACORN’S HOSPICE - The Midi Jumbulance took a group of children from the Acorn’s Hospice in Birmingham to the Calvert Trust in Devon for a long weekend. “We would definitely use the Jumbulance again, the facilities on the bus were ideal and we had plenty of space. Steve, our driver, was friendly and helpful and obviously knew what he was doing so we felt very safe” (group photograph right) Jo Saunders, Acorn’s Children’s Hospice

Inside this issue: Website/New Activities

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Fundraising Activities

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General News

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Trip Reports/Photos

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Recommended Venues

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Traveller Comments

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Donations

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FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES TRIATHLON Ruth Lumsden took part in a Triathlon on 20 June at Wellington College ***

DEVIZES—WESTMINSTER CANOE RACE John Keevill took part in the Devizes—Westminster Canoe Race over the weekend of 2-5 April. The race is normally for professionals, however, John’s team took part with NO experience at all. John has done 2 trips with the Jumbulance to Wales and Findhorn and was keen to raise funds on our behalf. Congratulations and well done, John raised £125 for the Trust. *** PAN AUTOS Once again Pan Autos in Harpenden will be supporting the Trust at their Charity Golf Day on 2 August. This is their 25th anniversary of business in Harpenden and 65th birthday of their Managing Director *** PRINCESS HELENA COLLEGE FOR GIRLS in Hitchin, the junior school of ST ALBANS HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS and MID HERTS GOLF CLUB have all adopted the Jumbulance Trust as their Charity for 2010.

Gaynor Konig from Princess Helena College presenting Kathryn Salvesen with a cheque for £1,000 (raised from their ‘Truly Scrumptious’ evening)

Kate Rowe in the Reading half Marathon

GREAT NORTH RUN Brendan Kelly has been accepted to run for the Jumbulance Trust in September, he is training hard and sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. Please call the office for a Sponsorship Form. *** GREAT SOUTH RUN Kate Rowe will be taking part in the Great South Run on 24 October, again raising funds for the Trust. Please call the office for a sponsorship form. *** ART EXHIBITION Ronald Salvesen and three friends held an exhibition of paintings in support of the Trust which raised nearly £500. *** FARLEY CHAMBERLAYNE WALK Chris Chisholm took part once again raising funds on our behalf. *** WAITROSE in Harpenden raised £520 through their Community Giving Initiative *** Thanks to Bubbles in Harpenden for their continued support *** GARDEN TEA PARTY The Berkshire/Hampshire group will be having a garden tea party on 31 July with all proceeds for the Trust. *** STRICTLY COME DANCING LUNCH Michael & Min Vaughan-Fowler will be hosting a Strictly Come Dancing Lunch at their home on 26 September 2010 to raise money for the Trust. *** READING HALF MARATHON Well done to Kate Rowe who took part in this on behalf of the Trust and raised a staggering £685.


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EXHIBITIONS MOBILITY ROADSHOW PETERBOROUGH, 1-3 JULY 2010 Once again we were represented at the roadshow being held this year at Peterborough at which we had our dedicated stand manned by the Trustees and J1 adjacent to the entrance for visitors to see in detail. DISABILITY NORTH EXHIBITION, 20-21 OCTOBER 2010 For the first time this year we shall be exhibiting at the Disability North Exhibition being held at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne. J1 will be available to view and our stand will be manned by the Trustees and group leaders from the region.

CONGRATULATIONS TO GORDON JACKSON Gordon Jackson was chosen as Acting Father for this year’s Hawick Common Riding on the weekend of 10-12 June. This was the first of the Border festivals and celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick at a place called Hornshole and the ancient custom of riding the marches or boundaries of the common land. This is a very big deal for everyone in Hawick. Everyone who knows Gordon is extremely proud and pleased that he has been asked to do the job, and those who don’t know him by name refer to him as the Jumbulance Man!.

DORSET GROUP Sixth Form students at Purbeck School in Wareham, Dorset did some fundraising on behalf of the Dorset group after Dec Turner gave a talk on the history of the Jumbulance and the people who travel. As well as the money raised it is hoped that it will encourage some new young volunteers. David McKaigg, whose Mother, Aunty and younger sister have all travelled on the Jumbulance presenting the cheque to Dec Turner

CLOSURE OF MERLYN HOUSE, SOUTHAMPTON Sadly, Merlyn House in Southampton who have been using the Jumbulance for many years is having to close. In June they had their last trip to Henley-on-Thames and before the day Bobbie Smith, chairman of Friends of Merlyn House wrote to give us the sad news. “It will be a sad goodbye to the Jumbulance. The Friends would like to thank the Trust for all the help and support they have given to us over the years. We have so enjoyed using your vehicles and meeting your excellent drivers”

VOLUNTEER HELPERS It has been said before and it is worth saying again, none of the Jumbulance holidays would be possible without the help of all the many carers who accompany the VIPs, voluntarily giving of their own holiday entitlement and paying for themselves, and not forgetting all those left behind who work so hard to raise money locally for the groups and help with the organisation and planning. A sincere vote of thanks to you all!!


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TRIP REPORTS

Kingsdown School—Holland 2-5 April 2010 Early in the New Year, we made contact and gathered together four new wheelchair dancers and three standing partners, to form a new club for the school leavers. In less than two months we managed to train the standing partners from scratch, set up four couples for the competition, organise finance and book the transport. Our thanks to Southend on Sea Borough Connexions, Kingsdown School and a private charity for funding. There was great excitement when the new Jumbulance arrived. A super coach with all modern conveniences for people with disabilities. Our drivers, Brendan and Paul soon got us organised and on our way. As a registered ambulance we were first onto the train again and there was a lot of praise for the skills in getting the very large coach onto the train in one manoeuvre. We had normal delays at Antwerp but with the extra space, super toilet and cooking facilities on the new coach, we were able to make a through journey to Cuijk with only short stops for driver changes. Margaret was there to meet us and advise us that she had organised a large table for the evening meal, so we went straight to dinner, before unloading the coach. Later, it was all hands on to unload before settling down to enjoy the comforts of the hotel. Each of the competition days went well. Because we were representing Great Britain, different couples had the honour of escorting the Union Flag each day, at the opening flag parades. We entered three events each day with all couples reaching the semi finals and two couples reaching the finals. James Ireland and Paige Tyrrell were outright gold winners each day in the Debutante Combi Class, having been streamed directly through to the semi finals, on each occasion. We entered 6 events and returned with a total of 4 gold and 4 bronze medals In the evenings we celebrated the success and congratulations of each day, and socialised in the company of competitors from 18 countries. It was said that some were up until 2 am on the morning that we left. Probably true, because we had a very quick and quiet run home. We arrived back at the school on time,displaying our trophies, with wonderful memories, souvenirs and photos to remind us of another successful project. These sort of trips depend so much on the support of teachers, parents and alike. A special thank you to Lynn who acted as carer to the young people and mother to us all and to Brendan and Paul who have become friends as well as drivers, bell boys, porters and entertainers. Thank you all, Geoff Howlett, Instructor, Tel: 01702477697 I went to Holland for a wheelchair dance competition of the Easter weekend and the transport provided was a Jumbulance. This was my first time travelling by a Jumbulance and being on a coach for an extremely long time. The facilities were excellent, our drivers Brendan and Paul were patient and understanding which helped me feel calm and safe when I was transferring on and off the Jumbulance. They became part of our group almost immediately and were very friendly and helpful towards everyone. Francesca Goodwin, Wheelchair Participant


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GUERNSEY GROUP TO BLACKPOOL, May 2010

The Guernsey Group outside the closed down café opposite the ‘Bond Hotel’ in Blackpool

On the Ferry from Lakeside to Bowness-on-Windermere. Our best day out!!

The group travelled by ferry from Guernsey where they boarded the Jumbulance up to Blackpool. They had many trips out including a visit to Blackpool Tower, Louis Tussauds Waxworks, Sea Life Centre, an evening with “Hi-De-Hi” at the Grand Theatre Blackpool, Tatton Park, Blackpool Zoo, the Lake District and an evening show “Funny Girls”. “Zoe gave us some ideas of what to do and where to go. This included helping us with our trip to the Lake District where after a ride on a steam train, the group took a boat from Lakeside to Bowness. Zoe took us on a tour around the area then we had a pub supper alongside the Lake, a wonderful day! Many thanks to Zoe for helping to make it a great trip.” Dean De La Mare “I had the time of my life, my first experience in at least over 20 years” Pam De Jersey, VIP “I have enjoyed this holiday so much and been asked which was the best part, I can truthfully say I enjoyed all of it” David Le Prevost, VIP

IRISH TRIP TO GALWAY, APRIL 2010

POPSY GROUP TRIP TO EURODISNEY, OCTOBER 2009

Steve Phillips driving the kids on the ‘invisible Jumbulance’ at Eurodisney

(Parents of Partially Sighted and Blind Youngsters)

POPSY Group children with the Halloween Pumpkins


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RECOMMENDED VENUES

DISABLED FRIENDLY COTTAGES IN NORFOLK This is a family run business providing 8 self catering cottages designed to accommodate the disabled and their family and friends to ensure a holiday for all. The cottages will suit everybody, disabled and able bodied alike. They are situated within the large and colourful grounds of a working farm in the quiet village of Bircham, five miles from the Royal Estate at Sandringham and seven miles from the North Norfolk Coast. It is in an area of natural beauty but it is essential that you have a car. The properties are all renovated farm buildings which have been converted to a high standard and each has between 2-5 bedrooms. All the cottages have level access and open plan room layout including,en-suite 'roll-in' wet rooms and purpose built low-level kitchens, designed for wheelchair users, their families and carers. Each has its own personal garden. All members of the family are welcome, including dogs! There is wireless access to the internet and have a selection of equipment such as hoists, wheelchairs etc. available to hire. Disabled Friendly Cottages, Church Farm, Bircham Newton, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6QZ , 01485 578354 Www.norfolkdisabled-friendlycottages.co.uk

THE WEST SHORE HOTEL—LLANDUDNO 18 rooms, including two doubles, nine twins, six singles and a family room. All rooms are en suite and have colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities. All the facilities are fully accessible with emergency call points, Wheel-in showers, Overhead and mobile hoists, Facilities for hearing impaired people, electric adjustable beds, manual Height adjustable beds, assisted shower chairs. The Hotel is within easy reach of the Snowdonia National park, Isle of Anglesey and Conwy Castle. Llandudno is a genteel town with fine beaches and is renowned for it’s Victorian pier, art galleries, North Wales theatre, Alice in Wonderland Centre and Copper Mines. The West Shore, West Parade, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2BB, Tel: 01492876833 www.livability.org.uk Chris Chisholm and her group had a holiday at the West Shore in May This year. For more information please contact the office. “Top Rate Holiday!!!“ Carer, Berkshire/Hampshire Group “My highlight was the trip up Snowdon” VIP, Berkshire/Hampshire “We had a super day up Snowdon with perfect weather, this week was really special treat for us both and we now have made a lot of new friends, it was a delightful time” VIP/Carer,Berkshire/Hampshire


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SOME TRAVELLER COMMENTS Excellent Group who all worked very hard to ensure the best possible holiday for the disabled. This was the first time for us on a P&O Hull-Zeebrugge overnight crossing, this added a further dimension to the holiday. The welcome we receive at the Hotel Sonnschein is fantastic and helps make the holiday such a success” Angela Kennedy, West Yorkshire Group “Another well organised, safe adventure filled with laughter, joy and love. Too many good things to list as highlights but the morning at the seaside was brilliant!” Val Duggan, Nurse, West Yorkshire Group “I have been helped by Josie for the last few years and nothing is too much trouble and that applies to all the helpers. Sunbathing by the sea and then shopping—what more could a woman want!” Susan Farr, VIP, West Yorkshire Group “This week was a really special treat for us both and we now have made a lot of new friends, it was a delightful time. We had a super day up Snowdon with perfect weather and an interesting visit to Electric mountain— awesome, now we know how we all have electricity for our cups of tea!” Suzanne Chandler, VIP, Berkshire/Hampshire Group

SOME ‘THANK YOU’S!!’ “Here at Willowthorpe, we have been using the Jumbulance service for the past 2 years and our trips out are extremely popular with both residents and staff. The high standard of the vehicle and supporting staff give us peace of mind when caring for the elderly with varying disabilities. It allows us to spend quality time with our residents and makes the trips out even more enjoyable. Many have not been to the coast for years because of failing heath. This has now been made possible with the use of the Jumbulance—we have a lot to thank you for! Thank you for all your support” Kay Ives, Activities Co-ordinator, Willowthorpe Care Home for Older People We have enjoyed several outings using the Jumbulance, this has ensured that all residents, particularly those with a disability have been able to enjoy days out, previous to using the Jumbulance we were unable to take those people with us. Catrina Clark, Activities Co-ordinator, St Raphael’s Office, St Albans We have been using the Jumbulance since 2006, on each occasion we found the coach well equipped especially hot drink facilities and on board disabled toilet and for the residents that were unable to transfer to a normal coach seat their wheelchairs were clamped to the coach floor. For most residents that are unable to travel out with their family, this is such a special occasion and they all have a fantastic time, without the facility provided by the Jumbulance Trust this would not be possible. From the time the coach arrives to the end of the day, the driver is kind and courteous to us and nothing is too much trouble. The whole experience is fantastic, we will be having many more trips out with them in years to come”. Mr S Readman, Taymer Nursing Home

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & SPECIAL THANKS Since the last Newsletter we have continued to receive most generous support from many individuals and Trusts including : Ian Williams (Woodley Group), Monika Kielty, John Hoskin, Hilary Barrows, Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, PYN&B Hyams Trust, Charlotte Marshall CT, PF Charitable Trust, SF Group (purchase of mobile slings), Coutts Charitable Trust, Fitton Trust, Ardwick Trust, Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust, The Alchemy Foundation, Tony Metherell Charitable Trust, Woodroffe Benton, The Michael and Anne Wix Charitable Trust, The Carmen’s Benevolent Trust, Childwick Trust, McTaggart Third Fund, Rest-Harrow Trust With thanks for regular monthly support from Peter Kelly, Mr Holland and Marek Kowalewski!

“and to all those who support our endeavours in whatever way no matter how large or small” Sadly, John Welch who for several years has been a regular supporter and traveller on the Jumbulance died recently and we extend our sympathy to his family and friends.


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TO MAKE A DONATION

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION Make a single gift by completing the form below or on-line with Charity Choice www.charitychoice.co.uk Make a regular gift through standing order. This is a simple, safe and cost effective way to give by completing the standing order mandate (please contact the office for a form). Payroll Giving Try approaching the large Companies in your area and persuading them to include the Jumbulance Trust in their list of nominated Charities. Gifts in your Will—helping others after your lifetime Leaving a gift in your will is the best way to ensure that we can continue our valuable work. We are a small charity so your gift, no matter how small, will make a big difference. Leaving a Legacy—what you need to do: There are two main legacies that you can leave:  Residuary legacy—which is a share of the remainder of your estate after all other payments have been met.  Pecuniary legacy—a fixed amount of money that has been specified in your will. Donation in Memory You may want to request that well-wishers make a donation to Jumbulance Trust in your memory, perhaps instead of buying flowers. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1.

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Gift Aid Donation Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we can get an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue. This means that £15 can be turned into £19.20 just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that Would make, and it doesn’t cost you a thing. So if you want your donation to go further, Gift Aid it. I want all donations since 6 April 2000 and all donations in the future to be Gift Aid until I notify you otherwise YES/NO

4. Post your form and donation Please post this completed form together with your cheque, if you have chosen to donate by cheque, to JumbulanceTrust, Delaport Coach House, Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, St Albans, Herts, AL4 8RQ.

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