Inspirational Oliver Voysey from Newcastle-upon-Tyne has raised more than £220,700 to help save Calvert Lakes outdoor activity centre. The charity that transformed his life. Oliver suffered a catastrophic brain injury when he was just two days old. He survived but was left blind and with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties. His life is very hard. When he was a little boy he could still visit the Lake District and get outdoors, but after the age of five it started to be too difficult and too dangerous for the family until they discovered the Calvert Trust when Oliver was ten.

"They’ve opened up his world and shown him that nothing is impossible. The centre offers outdoor, adventure experiences to groups and families, so what Oliver does we ALL do and that’s really amazing."

Oliver undertook a series of 13 challenges to support the Calvert Trust’s Emergency Bounce Back Appeal.

Oliver’s challenges included walking on a treadmill for 13 minutes, standing independently for 13 seconds and completing a 13-minute walk. His family supported him all the way with their own set of challenges.

Oliver is now a regular visitor to the centre, having been to Calvert twelve times since 2017. His mother, Sarah, says her son – and the whole Voysey family – would be “devastated” if the centre was forced to close.

Oliver continues to support the emergency bounce back appeal, even with such a positive positive start they still have a long way to go! To help Oliver's Army please go to his GO FUND ME HERE all donations will help to save Calvert Lakes.

Calvert Trust Lake District

The the Calvert Trust has been a registered charity, for over 40 years, and was founded in 1976, it is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. Their revenue has been severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the future of The Calvert Trust Lakes hangs in the balance. To bounce back this spring and survive the following winter, they are appealing for your help.

Donate To Oliver's Go Fund Me Here

Make A Donation To The Bounce Back Appeal Here

Visit Calvert Trust Lakes Website Here

We have promised to help by donating 10% of our Membership profits to Calvert Lakes, so by joining our community and becoming a member you will also be supporting a charity that we are passionate about. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the beautiful English Lake District, and have the chance to feel as happy as Oliver does when he visits Calvert Lakes.

Calvert Lakes also offers accessible accommodation - a bunkhouse that sleeps up to 12 and a self-catering apartment, a Riding School (RDA) and a Water Centre. To find out more please visit their website.

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Contact Calvert Lakes

Telephone 017687 72255


The Lake District Calvert Trust is a registered charity (Charity No: 270923)

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