We've done it..!! Wetwheels has been awarded a £17,000
grant from the Big Lottery Fund for a project that will take
elderly people from residential care homes out for trips on
Wetwheels next year.
Thank you to everyone who voted by sending in their coupons from
The News, the Portsmouth newspaper, which ran the competition in
association with Hampshire & the IOW Community Fund.
We are absolutely delighted. The real magic with the project is
the trips will not only include elderly people in residential care
in Portsmouth, we will also include small numbers of local school
children under the age of 14. In so doing, we hope the
intergenerational mix will encourage everyone on board to share
their stories and therefore better understand each others
perspective on life. An idyllic outcome maybe, but now we can
at least give it a go and see what happens..! At the very
least, a lot of people who would otherwise be spending yet another
day couped up in a residential care home or in a classroom, get an
opportunity to do something totally unique that they will remember
for a long time. We will start contacting residential care
homes in Portsmouth in the New Year to identify interest and trips
should begin from May 2014 onwards. The grant will not only
cover the cost of the trips, but also every participant will
receive a framed photo of their trip and there will be help with
transport costs if needed.
Thank you again to everyone who voted.