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Outdoor Learning in the North East

The North East region covers from Berwick on the border of Scotland, to the west with the border of Cumbria, through the beautiful undeveloped landscape of high moorland in Northumberland featuring its many castles and 64 miles of long distance paths bordering the coastline of the North Sea. Dropping down from the North through Newcastle and County Durham into York and ending at Hull with its Maritime history. Whether urban or rural you are never too far from the countryside or coast.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.


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13-year-old boy raised £250,000 to help save Lake District Calvert Trust
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13-year-old boy raised £250,000 to help save Lake District Calvert Trust

He has now received the Prime Minister's Points of Light award

Oliver Voysey sprung into action after IOL Members, Lake District Calvert Trust warned it may not reopen after lockdown last year having lost £1m in revenue. He completed a series of themed challenges in the run-up to his birthday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "lost in awe".

Oliver requires specialist care having suffered a brain injury when he was two days old, which left him with sight loss, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties.

He and his family were regular visitors to the outdoor centre where they enjoy activities such as canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing.

'Sense of pride'

Oliver's challenges included walking on a treadmill for 13 minutes, standing independently for 13 seconds and completing a 13-minute walk.

image captionOliver and his family regularly travel from Newcastle to visit the centre

His mum, Sarah, said it was "wonderful" he was being recognised for his efforts with the daily award which is given to outstanding individuals making a difference.

"Life is very hard for Oliver and he struggles with the most basic of daily tasks. The challenges he did to raise money were exhausting for him and made him achieve a sense of pride he's not experienced before.

"He achieved an almost unattainable goal. We are so very proud of him and his sister [Elizabeth]."

Trust fundraising manager Jennifer Scott said Oliver, with the support of his parents and sister, "really created a turning point for the Lake District Calvert Trust in its darkest hour".

"We are, and will remain, incredibly grateful to the Voysey family," she added.

The centre, which raised a further £500,000 through an additional appeal, reopened on 21 June.


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Committee: Nigel Horne, Dave Shields, Joanne Appleby, Dave Hopwood, Morgan Lax

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