PGL 2019 was another beautifully busy year. Gathering 22 young people with their own needs and such a wide age range was always going to be a challenge, but dare we say…it worked?!!
After a glorious week of summer sunshine, we arrived at PGL to pouring rain all weekend. But it would take more than a drop of rain to dampen our spirits as we got stuck in with the activities on offer. Our group split into two as we juggled activities such as giant swing, canoeing, archery, zip wire, and the best of all…DISCO! (Dave may rival Andrew O’Reilly on the dance floor!).
As night fell, a little encouragement was needed from the staff in trying to persuade some of the crew to sleep and rest for a busy day ahead. Excitement and giggles carried on in the rooms until the small hours, but thankfully Dave and Leanne took first watch and were on-hand to keep the noise down…(cough cough).
Morning arrived and with it, a loud wakeup call from Jess to help blurry eyed young people (and Leanne) join the others for breakfast.
Activities were keeping everyone active and awake, with Olivia prepped camera-in-hand to catch all the action!!
Dan, one of the residential workers from Stamford House, kindly volunteered his support for the weekend and entertained our young people from start to finish.
The fun, laughter and tales of enjoyment were capped off with calls for PGL 2020 to last longer than 3 days. There were even some requests for it to last a week, but these were swiftly drowned out by the tears of staff who were hoping for just the 2 days next year!
We would like to thank all our young people for attending this year’s PGL. The memories they give to us and those they create for themselves are truly special and we will take them with us as we move through our lives.
Some fantastic friendships were formed between our young people which is what these trips are all about. Many arrive as strangers but leave as friends, with a bagful of
sweets memories to share and enjoy!
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