Brand New Lodging ‘Acorn House’ to be opened next week
Bendrigg Trust, situated on the outskirts of Kendal in Old Hutton, is a residential activity centre for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, providing a variety of residential and adventure-based activities.
Since 1978, the Trust has encouraged independence and built self-confidence in over 79,000 disabled and disadvantaged people throughout the UK – with fantastic results and testimonials:
For the last three years Bendrigg have been wanting to expand their headquarters in Old Hutton, and after raising an incredible £1.38 million, their new accommodation Acorn House will be open to the public next week.
Described as a ‘24-bed, completely accessible accommodation unit’, it hosts two accommodation ‘wings’, a central lounge, kitchen and dining area as well as a games room, that will ‘cater for all abilities’.
The new accommodation block has definitely been a long time coming and the Trust have been working with Lancaster-based Harrison Pitt Architects for the last two years finalising the plans to improve provisions for the Lodge’s visitors. These plans include extending the existing resource centre and creating a new outdoor activities space, featuring a fully wheelchair-accessible activities tower complete with a tree house, tree-top walkway, climbing wall and zip wire.
Here is the construction in action:
Bendrigg’s Fundraising and Marketing Officer Sarah Garman says Acorn House will help the trust to expand their reach to those with more serious disabilities: “Acorn will be accessible to groups with more severe and profound disabilities and will increase the number of full accessible rooms we have from 2 to 8. This means we can cater to more people who are more in need.”
However, she is concerned over the costs: “Acorn is costing £1.4million to build and it took over 3 years of fundraising to raise enough funds to complete the build and get this far, but we are still around £110,000 short!”
If you’d like to make a donation towards Bendrigg and Acorn House, you can do so here.
Acorn House will be available for bookings and visits next week, on Monday 1st May.