Children form our Sibling Support Groups at both Hope House and Ty Gobaith came together this week for some fun in the sun and enjoyed a day on the water at Bala’s Llyn Tegid.

Brothers and sisters of young people who access the hospices' care services got wet and wild on Tuesday 9th August with a special day packed full of water sports and confidence building activities.

Under the expert tuition of Bala Adventure & Watersports Centre, the group were able to try their hands at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Reduce isolation

Ceinwen Pritchard, who is the Sibling Support Officer at Tŷ Gobaith organised the day and said: “Sibling support days like this are so important in enabling young people to access activities they may otherwise never get the chance to do inside the normal family situation.

“It can reduce isolation, increase confidence, build relationships with other young people in similar circumstances and generally improve wellbeing and make a great memory.

“Bala Adventure & Watersports Centre have been a great supporters of us for over 10 years now and we are so grateful to them for enabling the young people to do this in a safe environment.”

Gift of the outdoors

Mark and Sarah Lind, owners of the watersport centre said: “It’s always a pleasure to host these days and give the gift of the outdoors to young people who so richly deserve it.

“There are so many physical and mental health benefits that activities like this can deliver, and it’s also chance for them to relax and switch-off from their daily lives.

“Seeing the young people laughing and making memories is just fantastic.”

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