1st Breaking the Barrier Challenge Complete!

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Congratulations to the Jones family who not only completed two challenges for Breaking the Barrier 2020 but completely smashed their fundraising target!

On the 23rd May the Jones family took on an epic Breaking the Barrier challenge. Dad, Edward decided to mark his 52nd birthday by walking 52km in a day along the SW Coastpath from the Kingswear to Teignmouth, accompanied by his daughter Honor.

The walk was no mean feat, beginning at 4am on Saturday 23 May. Together they conquered many hills, walked 71,000 steps, acquired a few blisters and reached Teignmouth 10 hours later. It was an emotional walk but they made it.

Over the same weekend in May their son Oscar who attends a number of Lifeworks community projects celebrated his 19th birthday. He wanted to do his own Breaking the Barrier challenge – rowing 52km on a rowing machine, starting and finishing in their garden!

Not only did the Jones achieve two incredible Breaking the Barrier challenges over this weekend, they also raised £2,365 for Lifeworks. Thank you all for marking your Birthdays in this way and helping to ensure that we are set for Breaking the Barrier 2021. You are true Lifeworks Champions! To sponsor the Jones family click here

Whilst the Jones’ got in early with their challenge we are asking people to join us for the Breaking the Barrier challenge on Saturday 20 June during Learning Disability Awareness Week (17-23 June 2020). We want people take on a personal stamina challenge during lockdown, helping to get fit, stay active and become a Learning Disability Champion for Lifeworks.

On Saturday 20 June, we will be bringing everyone together for a socially distanced Breaking the Barrier challenge event on our Safe-Space platform. For 2 hours you can join us, whilst in your own home for a mix of Zumba, Hula-Hooping, Circuits or an exercise of your choice. Or if you want to do something completely different, like the Jones family then please go for it! All we are asking is that you show your support by fundraising for Breaking the Barrier, our inclusive sport programme.

To set up your Justgiving page visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/BtB2020

Sarah-Jane Lowson, Community Projects Development Manager says, “We are calling on people to take on their own personal stamina challenge to raise money for Lifeworks. People can join us for our 2-hour online event but people can choose another challenge – from running laps round your garden or up and down your stairs or back to back keep fit videos – just choose something that you want to achieve and go for it!”

We rely on fundraising to run Breaking the Barrier which is a real lifeline for families. A parent said “I like the community feeling about the surfing days with the other families. No-one is judging my son, or me. The staff are amazing they go above and beyond.”

By raising money for Lifeworks you will help to ensure that we continue to help people take part in regular adventure sports when Breaking the Barrier returns in 2021. For more information and to sign up to the challenge contact:[email protected].

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CoronavirusSocial distancing guidelines mean that Lifeworks services may be subject to change or not running as they usually do
Keeping people safe is always our top priority. We will run services in the usual way if we feel it is safe to do so or if we are advised not to by central and local Government. We are currently offering short-breaks at our Robins children's service. We are also getting set to run in-person short breaks at weekends and during the holidays with our Youth and Holiday Bubbles. Our Community Projects team continue to offer a varied programme of online activities via our platform, Safe-Space. Whatever social distancing measures are in place over the coming months, we will endeavour to offer engaging activities for everyone via this channel. Please continue to find out more about our services and get in touch with us to discuss them at any time. Email [email protected] or call 01803 840 744
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