Donna’s Dream House Charity Donation Report

On a very cold and icy morning 3 riders and a poorly chairman in his car turned up at Brock for the run to Donna’s dream house to donate our cheque for £300. We elected to take the main roads as the scenic route was likely to be icy. We set off up the A6 to Churchtown and along the A586 towards Blackpool. The traffic was light and as we entered Blackpool Richard took all the short cuts necessary to avoid the usual bottlenecks and we arrived with no problems at around 11:15.

We met Len Curtis MBE and a number of his volunteer helpers and over the refreshments the staff had prepared for us they explained what they did to support families who’s children had life limiting conditions. At this point our Secretary Bob arrived hot foot from a mission to collect an old record player!

Our first impression was surprise at the scale of the facilities considering the budget they have to work within but as Len explained, creative ways of using the facilities helps to swell the income and a lot of the work in building and decorating the houses was done by prisoners out on licence from HMP Kirkam. Even excluded teens from some local schools use the experience of working there as a rehabilitation exercise.

A cabin with a hot tub, another with a small cinema and even a sweet shop were part of the facilities round the outside space where a merry go round and illuminated animals from old Blackpool lights features were mounted to create a happy and sunny space.

Inside we were given a tour of the facilities and en suite accommodation used for visiting families which was of a very clean and high standard. In the general dayroom areas were toys, toys and toys creating a wonder world for the children and even the walls were painted Disney style to keep the magic flowing.

Our donation seemed small in comparison to the costs of running the place but Len assured us that our donation was sufficient to give a family a complete weekend holiday.

After a quick Photo call we thanked Len for his time and congratulated him on his wonderful work.

As we left Dave L turned off for Thornton and Dave A and Tony followed me along Seasiders way round the Blackpool FC ground and on to Bloomfield road to join the Preston Road where I waved them goodbye at Peel corner.

Overall it was a rewarding visit to meet such dedicated volunteers who help make the lives of children and families happy in their time of crisis.

A worthy cause for our donations.