Hft | Stories and case studies | Making travel plans possible

We all enjoy a change of scenery from time to time, and Richard, who we support in Bath, is no different. But thanks to a grant he was recently able to put plans in place for a trip to London, where he saw the sights and caught up with old friends.

The two day trip was made possible thanks to our Extra Special Fund, which is designed specifically to fund charitable projects that can enhance the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Hear more from Richard about his trip to London:

I had a wonderful time away, staying in London overnight for the first time with my support worker Nick. We arrived at London Paddington by train before midday and made our way to Embankment for a boat trip with lunch on the river Thames.

The river trip was fantastic! I got to see many sights including Big Ben which has scaffolding while work is being completed. I also enjoyed a few glasses of wine along with the interesting commentary from the boat crew.


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The hotel I stayed at was really nice, with very clean and comfortable rooms. Also, the situation of the hotel was very central to where I wanted to be.

Before my brain injury, I used to live and work in London. Going out with friends around the Soho area was a large and fun part of my life. It was brilliant to meet my old friend Mike and enjoy a few drinks with a good catch up. This has really made a difference to me as my life is different now and I always enjoy visiting my favourite places. I managed to stay out until 1am!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would definitely consider applying for EST again!