Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Calvert Trust

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Calvert Trust

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THE Calvert Trust was formed in March 1976. It was the brainchild of John Fryer-Spedding, an Army officer who subsequently became a barrister and then High Sheriff of Cumbria and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the county.

Realising that the national parks lacked accessible facilities for the disabled, he enlisted the help of Elinor, Viscountess Rochdale and the pair of them got a group of likeminded people together to put things right.

The Fryer-Spedding family donated two farmsteads which became Little Crosthwaite Adventure Centre. Demand grew quickly and Lake District Calvert Trust was born. A second site, Calvert Trust Kielder, was opened by Princess Alexandra in 1984 (a third, on Exmoor, opened in 1996). Calvert Trust Kielder welcomes over 5,000 visitors every year - families, groups and individuals. It offers 24-hour respite care for adults travelling alone.

The Kielder site features a range of fully accessible log chalets including some luxury additions such as the the five-star Straker Chalet and the brand new McArdle Chalet. …

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