DRWF launch partnership with Over The Wall - a charity offering free therapeutic recreation camps for children and young people living with a serious health challenge such as type 1 diabetes.
DRWF will be funding the first Diabetes Wellness Family camp in partnership with Over The Wall, specifically for families with children with type 1 diabetes aged from birth to 17.
The camp will run from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019 at Liddington PGL in Wiltshire.
Allan Jolly, Head of Partnerships and Evaluation at Over the Wall, said: “We are delighted to be announcing this exciting partnership with DRWF, a diabetes charity with aims that match our vision that all children and young people, living with the challenges of serious illness and disability, can access transformational therapeutic recreation camp programmes, free of charge.”
DRWF will be adding the camp as a new event to their existing award-winning diabetes wellness event programme. The charity received the Judges' Special Award and Highly Commended in the Empowering People with Diabetes category, at the annual Quality in Care Diabetes Awards in 2017.
Sarah Tutton, DRWF Chief Executive, said: “We have demonstrated the beneficial outcomes for people living with diabetes to attend one of our educational events and we are delighted to launch this new partnership with Over The Wall to offer a new event for families with children living with type 1 diabetes.
“The weekend will allow some respite for parents and siblings as Over The Wall has full time staff, and volunteers running all the activities the camp has to offer. So, parents, guardians and siblings can relax and enjoy their weekend knowing the children and young people are all looked after, it also allows friendships to develop between families who often feel isolated which we know last long after the event.”
Over The Wall was officially founded in 1999 by UK businessman, Joe Woods, inspired by the inspirational camps being run in the US by Joe’s friend – the late Oscar winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman.
Over The Wall believes in helping seriously ill children escape from and reach beyond the boundaries of their illness.
The charity’s free, therapeutic recreation camps help to develop the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and relationships of their campers.
Allan added: “We strive to make each camp a memorable, fun and empowering experience. All in a physically and medically safe environment.”
"I don’t know how to even start to express our thanks to everyone for this weekend. The chance for our son to have a weekend away and feel ‘normal’ amongst his peers has been such a treat." - Camper parent
It is currently estimated there are around 29,000 children in the UK living with type 1 diabetes. For these young people, quality of life is adversely affected by isolation and their inability to participate in many of the everyday activities enjoyed by their friends and peers. This often results in a growing lack of self-esteem and confidence which can become a barrier to future growth and development.
Over The Wall’s residential programmes (rated outstanding by Ofsted), are designed to bring about transformational change, helping young people with long term conditions to tackle these issues.
DRWF and Over The Wall are working together to bring this opportunity specifically to families with children with type 1 diabetes in the hope that young campers return home with a new sense of their abilities and ambitions and feeling far less isolated.