AFG’s Tour of Lancashire!

Cycling Fever may’ve hit AFG’s head office in Knowsley with the Stage Three Tour of Britain, but AFG Lancaster had already powered to victory with a 10 mile sponsored bike ride weeks earlier.

The cycling team, organised to help raise money to create a sensory garden for a lady and gentleman supported in the Lancaster area, set out at 10am on Thursday 25th July for their 10 mile journey.

Debbie Smith, Team Leader said: “We started from Lancaster using the cycle tracks and continued on to Bull Beck picnic area in Caton, riding a distance of 5 miles.  After a well deserved drink and pit-stop we started the return journey of 5 miles to the finishing line. It was great fun and to top off a brilliant day we reached our target, as more than £300.00 was raised in total.”

Debbie explained: “Our initial target was to raise £250.00 to purchase multi coloured outdoor bean bags for the sensory garden.

The garden was designed to be person-centred; tailored to the needs of the lady and gentleman we support.  We had a blank canvas to work on as the garden was completely empty – just grass, and soon the reality of the cost of such a large task hit home.

The staff team discussed what needed to be done and the cost of a shaded area surrounded with plants, with lights, wind chimes, a water feature and lots of soft seating like bean bags.

Due to the cost of labour we asked people to volunteer to carry out garden work; friends, family and work colleges, and people were asked to donate plants or cuttings from their gardens at home.

The garden has moved on in such a short time and is nearly complete.

To thank the people who have volunteered, donated and sponsored us, we have planned an open day on Sunday 29th September to view the garden in all its glory. Volunteers have planned to make homemade lemonade and cakes to sell on the day with all proceeds supporting to the sensory garden to develop it further.”

Sensory Garden Opening at AFG Lancaster, 29 September

Sensory Garden Opening at AFG Lancaster, 29 September

Sensory sensitivity effects people in many different ways and can have a profound effect on a person’s life, helping them to find coping strategies can reduce the challenges they face daily.  A sensory garden will create a calm relaxing tranquil environment for the individuals using the garden, a place that is safe and free from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

With special thanks to Debbie Smith, Mick Abbott, Karen Elderton from the staff team and Davina, Amy and Oscar, who kindly volunteered to help with the fundraising.