College in Plea for Travel Help; SKILLS BOOST: Students Going on a Trip to France to Develop Their Independence Appeal for Sponsorship to Pay for Their Carers

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), January 24, 2008 | Go to article overview

College in Plea for Travel Help; SKILLS BOOST: Students Going on a Trip to France to Develop Their Independence Appeal for Sponsorship to Pay for Their Carers


Byline: By Sian Powell

STUDENTS at a Coventry college are looking for help to send them on a life-changing trip to northern France.

The 18 students with diverse needs, who go to Hereward College in Tile Hill, are hoping generous people will come forward to sponsor their carers for the fiveday trip, pencilled in for May.

They need to find the pounds 410 cost for each of the 12 carers to go with them.

The students' trip is due to include visits to Second World War graves, Cap Gris Nez, French markets and a sealife centre. But more than that, the group will learn how to be more independent.

Julie Norman, activity co-ordinator at the college in Tile Hill Lane, said: "We've done this trip to France as a day trip for three years and this will be the fourth year that we've done it.

"Because the students are in wheelchairs or have mobility issues they need a lot of support. It's often difficult for them to travel independently and there are confidence issues as well."

The group will be travelling to Ambleteuse, halfway between Calais and Boulogne, on Friday, May 23, returning on Tuesday, May 27, travelling with De Courcey Coaches in one of the firm's specially adapted vehicles. …

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