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Summer camps in full swing

Summer Camp Vertical ChallengeBrandon Trust is again running its popular summer camps for teenagers with learning disabilities and autism throughout August.

Our week-long summer camps - held in South Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Wiltshire - are a lifeline for youngsters from across the country and are run by our trained staff and volunteers. They provide teenagers opportunities to develop social skills, make new friends, and also build confidence and independence. It's often the first hugely important experience that the children have of challenging outdoor activities.

The camps also have a really positive impact on families. They're often exhausted by caring for a child who has a disability. A break can enable a parent to feel refreshed.

Brandon Trust’s Tracy Smith said: "Everyone gets so much out of it and it’s a tremendous opportunity. When you see the children achieve things, it’s fantastic and such a positive outcome."

Wiltshire Summer CampAmong the 13 teenagers with different disabilities enjoying the camp at PGL Liddington in Wiltshire this week was Alex, 15, who told Brandon Trust: "It’s something fun. The giant swing was amazing."

Alex and the other youngsters spent a week tackling activities such as quad biking, orienteering, vertical challenge, zip wire and group tasks. "We get to do different things, yes, I’m glad I came," she added.

Brandon Trust is unable to run the camps without the support of people like you. You can see why it's so important for this disadvantaged and often isolated group of children.

Please make a donation today by visiting www.justgiving.com/brandontrust.

Just £25 can provide materials for an activity, and £170 could assist with the cost of one young person attending for a day. It will truly help provide a life-changing opportunity, giving freedom to children.

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