Transforming our adaptive sports centre

by Access Adventures in Staines, , United Kingdom

Total raised £23,293

raised so far

+ est. £2954.00 Gift Aid

130

supporters

Raising funds to refurbish our clubhouse facilities so we can continue delivering life-changing adaptive sports and activities.

by Access Adventures in Staines, , United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th December 2022 we'd raised £23,248 with 128 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Amazing, we have reached our first target. But please let's keep going. The more we raise the sooner we can get our project off the ground and the more we can do to create an incredible community space and transform our clubhouse.


Help Access Adventures renovate our clubhouse changing facilities

After 40 years of continual use our facilities are showing considerable wear and tear. We are struggling with constant plumbing issues, damp, leaks and lack of space for our growing number of disabled participants to shower and get changed. We have an incredible adaptive community that rely on us having the right facilities to enable them to take part. We are passionate about adaptive adventure sports and believe being on the water is good for your soul. 

We want to create a space that our community can be proud of and that works best for them. We want our amazing volunteers to be able to focus on supporting the participants with activities not to be side-tracked by fixing our constant plumbing issues! 

Great news we are really excited to have been offered matched funding by Sport England.  

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Who is Access Adventures? 

We are an outdoor adventure charity for anyone with a disability.  We inspire and enable people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities to get involved in adaptive adventure sports, like water skiing, wakeboarding, alpine skiing, kitesurfing, paddle sports and cycling. We make adventure sports accessible and affordable for all, allowing anyone with a disability the opportunity to gain from the transformational benefits of being active. We use adventure sports as a rehabilitation tool to improve physical and mental wellbeing. 

We believe disability should not stop anyone getting the most out of their lives. Thanks to our specialist equipment, instructors and volunteers there are not many people we cannot cater for. We work with individuals, disability organisations, groups and charities and support hundreds of adults children, and their families every year. 

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Created by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. We have a team of over 50 active volunteers who help deliver our services. Many of our staff and volunteers have a disability themselves. Our user-led philosophy gives the charity a unique insight into the challenges, issues and benefits people with disabilities face when getting involved in adventure sports.

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We know from years of personal and professional experience the powerful impact adaptive sports has on people with disabilities.  Just a short conversation with one of our participants is proof of the many benefits to be gained. We want everyone to discover the benefits of a more active lifestyle; meeting friends, building confidence and self belief, becoming more physically fit whilst improving mental wellbeing.  

Why are we crowdfunding?

Access Adventures took over the running of the Edge Adaptive Sports Centre at the end of 2019 after working closely with BDWWA for a number of years. We are lucky to have a clubhouse and accommodation, but over the years it has seen lots of action and is in need of some serious refurbishment. We want to make it fit for purpose and to create an enjoyable space for our many participants. 

Research has shown that three quarters of disabled adults suffered at least one barrier to playing sport. A Wheelpower study identified a lack of suitable venues as one of the top barriers preventing participation.

We are raising money to help cover the costs of refurbishing our clubhouse changing facilities to make them more inclusive. Over 40 years our demographics have changed and the run down changing facilities are no longer fit for purpose. The refurb will ensure our facilities can be enjoyed by our disabled participants, and their family and friends for years to come. We want to make the clubhouse and accommodation a beautiful space that reflects the quality of the activities we provide. 

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This project will benefit disabled individuals, disability groups, clubs and organisations, in addition to the wider public who use the facilities during open water swimming sessions in the summer. 

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How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022

This summer it was amazing to watch the largest integrated para-sports programme in the Commonwealth Games history. Many of our participants were inspired by the sports in action. We saw an increase in people wanting to try something new having watched the games. One of our main aims is to build a strong, social and supportive community. We are creating a space we can all be proud of that helps bring people together, where they are inspired to challenge themselves and push their boundaries. We are on a journey to bring people together, of all abilities, to improve their health and wellbeing. We are with our community and we want you to be too. 

How will we spend the money raised?

We need to modernise and improve our facilities in order to better support our participants range of needs to take part in our activities. We are committed to attracting new participants to the sports we provide, across all age groups and from a wide background. To do this we need to make changes.

The changing room refurb is expected to cost between £30,000 and £40,000. This is the latest phase of a larger project that has already seen the bedrooms and accommodation bathrooms all go through a full renovation. 

Our crowdfunding target is £15,000. This is a vital part of the overall funding strategy for this project that includes charitable trusts and foundations, business sponsorship and our own resources to get us over the line with your help. 

Sport England's places and spaces initiative have offered us match funding. They have pledged 50% of funding £7500, but we will need to reach our full target. in order to secure this!

We plan to completely revamp the men's, women's and disabled changing rooms. Which are all in desperate need of an upgrade. Access will be improved, making it easier for people with a range of disabilities to get changed in a functional space. 

  • We will increase the number of options of toilets and showers for those that need extra space. 
  • The project will involve replacing the showers putting in the correct grab rails, padded shower seats 
  • Add proper padded changing benches for people who need to use them to get changed. 
  • New tiles and floor. 
  • We will replace the urinals. Creating a new toilet and shower.

This is a great time for us to make the changing rooms more energy efficient

  • PIR light Sensors, Eco shower heads, TRV's on radiators, shower timers, underfloor heating and loft insulation. 

These are just some of the energy efficiant 

This funding will enable Access Adventures to make the much needed changes that will provide long term benefits for all those that use the Edge Adaptive Sport Centre. 

How can you help?

The are some simple ways that you can help us reach our target and make this project a reality:

  • Share this crowdfunder far and wide and encourage others to share and donate. The more people we reach, the more support we will get!
  • Make a donation & select Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer
  • Purchase one of our rewards 
  • Donate a reward that we can offer to our supporters as an incentive. We will give you a shout out!

THANK YOU! We really appreciate your support.

Please visit our website to find out more about Access Adventures: www.accessadventures.co.uk

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Fatstick paddleboard £400

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          Strafe Jacket                                          Access Adventures Hoodies 

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         Thermal Bottles                    Konrad Bartelski print 1668167115_153429179_3428690517243021_5214063559466137231_n.jpg1668438675_unnamed.jpg   

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£30 or more

$50 Airbnb voucher

$50 Airbnb voucher. Can be used on any stay, Experience, or Online Experience on Airbnb.

£5 or more

stickers

Donate £5 and receive an Access Adventures sticker.

£5 or more

50% Men's haircut at Dash Barbers, Wraysbury

50% off a mans haircut at Dash Barbers in Wraysbury https://www.facebook.com/DASHBARBERSHAIRSTYL/

£10 or more

Personal Training Session with Samit Fitness

1hr session with Samit Fitness. Samit Fitness is private Gym based in the heart of Wraysbury. They specialise in Personal Training and helping you achieve your desired goal. Whether it is losing weight, building muscle, or preparing for a marathon, Samit Fitness are here to get you there with their knowledge and motivation. https://www.facebook.com/SamitFitness-100470711923163/

£10 or more

Online yoga with Casey Gemma

1:1 online yoga session with Casey Gemma www.caseygemma.com

£10 or more

Paddle board rental- Poole harbour

SUP is a great way to spend time with friends and family and keeping active. Enjoy the sheltered waters of Poole harbour and take in the beautiful scenery from the water. Thank you Easy Riders - https://www.easy-riders.co.uk/sup/rentals/ (RRP£15)

£10 or more

10% off Car service - Wraysbury motor services

10% off your car service thanks to Wraysbury Motor Services http://wraysburymotorservices.co.uk/index-2.html

£10 or more

Paddy Scott Calendar

Paddy’s 2023 Calendar featuring 12 stunning images. Hanging size is double A4. https://www.paddyscott.com/product/a4-2023-calendar/ (RRP£20)

£15 or more

A post of thanks

Pledge £15 and we will thank you on our social media

£15 or more

T-shirt

Access Adventures t-shirt. Modern fit crew neck in charcoal grey with logo on front (sizings come up pretty small)

£20 or more

Thermal drinks bottle

Access Adventures thermal bottle Includes postage (RRP£20)

£20 or more

Coached waterski set

10 minute waterski / wakeboard session at Edge Adaptive Sport Centre Time and date restrictions apply

£20 or more

Access Adventures Cap

Flat peak cap an option of colours. See photos (RRP £25)

£25 or more

Thank you display

Name written on thank you display in clubhouse

£25 or more

Access Adventures Hoodie

Comfy unisex cotton hoodie Kangaroo pouch Access Adventures logo on the front In Grey or Blue (RRP£30)

£40 or more

£50 voucher for Claire Cooks Surrey

£50 voucher towards home cook meals , event catering or hog in a box. Take your pick. Claire Cooks Surrey specialises in Hog Roasts. https://clairecookssurrey.co.uk/

£60 or more

Acuto photoshoot. Portrait or pet photos

Choose between a photoshoot of up to 2 hours with 1 framed and mounted image up to A2 or half a day with 20 digital images Shoot must be within 15 miles of Windsor unless agreed https://www.acutophoto.com/ (RRP£85)

£100 or more

£100 Super Supporter Donation

A pledge of £100 will really help us make it easier for people to access our facilities. Get your name on thank you display and an Access Adventures t-shirt. If you tick the Gift Aid box then the donation increases to £125 with no additional cost to you.

£100 or more

Bowhead experience

Book a 3hr demo experience on the Bowhead with Adaptiv Sports at their base in Dorset or arrange somewhere closer to home! https://www.adaptivsports.co.uk/ (RRP £150) Disabled riders only.

£250 or more

£250 Local Business Sponsorship

Any business however large or small that pledges £250 will have their business logo and name added to our club supporter page on our website and thanked on social media. This will be immensely valuable for Access Adventures and will provide your business with a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile by associating with a fantastic charity.

£500 or more

Host a Party

A rare opportunity to host an evening party at our lakeside clubhouse for 50 friends and family. Enjoy the stunning setting next to our beautiful lake. A well stocked bar (bar man included) Site available 18:00 - 11:45 (RRP£600) (not available July/August)

£1,000 or more

£1000 Corporate Sponsorship

Access Adventures is seeking longer term relationships with local business's. Opportunity for onsite branding, your name on thank you board. your business logo and name added to our club supporter page on our website and thanked on social media. This will be immensely valuable for Access Adventures and will provide your business with a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile by associating with a fantastic charity. (Available for a year)

£1,000 or more

Corporate team building day

Get your team together for a fun day. Encourage teamwork, problem-solving and creative thinking. Whether you are looking for a fun day out with colleagues or a more structured teambuilder we can help. Hold strategy meetings or enjoy raft building and other fun challenges. Not available July/August

£8 or more

Driving Forwards - Sophie Morgan memoir

Sophie is an award-winning disability advocate, inclusion consultant and one of the first, and only, female disabled television hosts in the world. Her book driving forwards is Wrenchingly honest...eye-opening and deeply moving. *****' Mail on Sunday 'A book that'll change your perspective on life. You'll not be able to put it down.' Fearne Cotton Hardback book (RRP£17)

£10 or more

Open water swim session

Two free open water swim session with Swim Heron Between May - September Monday – 16.30 – 20.00 (last slot 19.10) Wednesday – 16.30 – 20.00 (Last slot 19.10) Saturday – 06.20 – 09.30 (Last slot 8.40) Sunday – 06.30 – 09.30 (last Slot 8.40)

£10 or more

Breakfast for 2 The Kitchen Wraysbury

A delicious breakfast for two at The Kitchen Wraysbury. While you are there grab a brownie for later they are delicious! https://www.facebook.com/TheKitchenWraysbury/

£20 or more

Dinner for 2 at Spice Village Wraysbury

Dinner for two voucher at our favourite local Indian restaurant Spice Village https://spice-village.net/

£20 or more

Waters Edge Massage

60 min massage with Lizzie from Waters Edge massage therapy in Wraysbury aid relaxation and reduce stress reduce muscle tension, inflammation and therefore reducing pain stimulate the body’s systems to improve circulation, promote healing, fight infection, aid digestion and waste removal help improve sleep quality https://www.watersedgemassage.co.uk/ (RRP£50)

£30 or more

Wakesurf or Wakeboard Lesson with LDB Wakeschool

LDB Wakeschool has established itself as one of the 'go to' places for wakeboarding, wakesurfing and wakeskating. From beginners to prfessionals, Lee and his team can help you achieve your riding ambitions. Some of the most fun you can have behind a boat. An amazing deal to get wakesurf lessons with LDB Wakeschool https://ldbwakeschool.co.uk/ (RRP £35)

£30 or more

Dinner for 2 - Gurkha Royale, Windsor

A two course meal, with a welcome drink for two people at the Gurkha Royale Restaurant, Windsor. Gurkha Royale, bring you much loved Nepalese, Indian and Oriental food with a modern twist. https://www.gurkharoyale.co.uk/about-us/

£40 or more

Waterski Action shot by Konrad Bartelski

A fantastic print of a disabled athlete carving through the water. Taken by Konrad Bartelski https://www.konradbartelski.photography/

£50 or more

Dinner for 2 Runnymede, Leftbank Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious dinner for two at Leftbank Restaurant at the Runnymede on Thames. 'Whether it’s inside the contemporary restaurant or outside on the terrace, Leftbank promises a memorable dining experience with the stunning backdrop of the River Thames. Dine from our popular buffet featuring comforting, modern British dishes and experience heart-warming hospitality from our team.' (RRP£70 Valid until 31st March 2023)

£50 or more

Flying experience

45 minute flight for one person from airfield near Buckingham. See the world from a whole new angle, way up in the sky, as you bank, turn and swoop in a flying experience. Conditions; availability, weather, passenger weight 110kg max, Can accommodate able bodied, para who can lift themselves or provide transfer help. Tetras who can be lifted by their own carers but no ability to accommodate anyone using Hoist. (RRP£150)

£80 or more

Strafe Drifter Primaloft Jacket

The Strafe Outerwear Men's Drifter Jacket has a handsome classic slim fitting style. Featuring a durable rib knit in collar and cuffs, full length interior windguard, zippered chest pocket and open hand pockets, and hem drawcord adjustment inside hand pockets. This jacket was created from lightweight double rip-stop and Primaloft Gold® insulation that feels good. (RRP£200)

£300 or more

Photo Print

Choose one of Paddy's incredible 78cm prints (RRP£450) Paddy Scott is a photographer, cameraman and filmmaker. Paddy’s photography has been credited with numerous awards, most recently he was a finalist in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, for his image 'Unstoppable Force' which was on display in the exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

£400 or more

FatStick Paddleboard

Get your hands on a beautiful and stylish 2022 FatStick Pure Art 10'6 inflatable paddle board. A great looking and perfect design for beginners and intermediates. Normally retails at £630 but you can get yours for a whopping discount. Get it before it goes. A very special thanks to FatStick https://fatstickboards.com/shop-front/ (RRP £629)

£1,000 or more

Private booking

Have exclusive use of the lake between 10:00 - 19:00. Paddleboard, kayak, waterski and inflatables with friends and family Includes your own coach and boat driver and use of the catering facilities and BBQ hut. (food not included!) Not available July & August

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