Festival of Excitement announced by the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund

Rally car rides are the highlight of the Festival of Excitement.
Rally car rides are the highlight of the Festival of Excitement.

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Grantham Journal Children’s Fund event will be...the Festival of Excitement!

Rally car experiences, fairground rides, inflatables, sensory spaces and much more will make up the summer festival – on Saturday, August 20 – at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham.

Families can enjoy the thrills of fairground rides.

Families can enjoy the thrills of fairground rides.

The Children’s Fund, a registered charity, has supported families with disabled children for 30 years, and it is these youngsters who are at the heart of the day. All attractions, activities and facilities are being organised with their needs in mind to ensure they have a wonderful day they and their parents, carers and siblings will remember.

Chair of trustees Roy Wright said: “This is an event designed to bring families of disabled children together, giving them an experience of thrills and fun that they can all enjoy.

“It is planned that throughout the day there will be something happening that everyone will enjoy.”

The highlight of the day will be exhilarating rides in rally cars. Dozens of drivers associated with the Dukeries Motor Club will bring their incredible vehicles to the barracks and youngsters – and adults – will be able to enjoy a thrilling ride on a dedicated track (persons must be at least 4ft 6ins in height to be a passenger in a rally car while it is moving).

This is an event designed to bring families of disabled children together, giving them an experience of thrills and fun that they can all enjoy.

Roy Wright

There will also be rides, inflatables, a climbing wall, dance performances, live music, classic cars and new and vintage fire engines to get up close to, flypasts (weather permitting), face painting, balloon modelling, sensory spaces, soft play, a quiet area, toilet facilities with full disabled access, a tea tent and food stalls.

Entry, activities and food will be entirely free of charge, paid for by the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund. Each year, the charity organises a trip for families with disabled children to enjoy – recent examples include Disneyland Paris and Legoland. By organising a festival close to home, we can give a special treat to even more families with minimal travelling.

“We are extremely grateful to the commanding officer at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks for allowing us to use the site for our Festival of Excitement,” said Roy. “Thanks must also go to Dukeries Motor Club for its support in providing rally cars and drivers.”

Admission to the festival is by invitation only and it will not be open to the public on the day. We are asking families and disability support groups and organisations to request forms and further information by emailing summersizzler@granthamjournal.co.uk

Places are limited so we ask that forms are requested early to avoid disappointment.

*** The charity relies on fund-raising activities and donations to be able to carry out the work it does, not only to put on events and trips but also to provide grants for adapted facilities at home, medical equipment and more. Trustees are grateful to all individuals, businesses and groups wishing to raise funds for the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund. For information, email marie.bond@granthamjournal.co.uk