Forest Lodge Rambles to raise a smile

14/01/2011

Forest Lodge Respite Home has raised £2,000 to bring a smile to the faces of the many children it provides care for.  The funds were raised to help pay for visits from the NI ClownDoctors.

Forest Lodge Respite Home has raised £2,000 to bring a smile to the faces of the many children it provides care for.  The funds were raised to help pay for visits from the NI ClownDoctors.

Children and families took part in a sponsored 2k ramble through the wooded park in which the centre is based.

The ramblers were also joined by members of the Goldwing Motor Cycle Club, who raised £1,300 as part of Forest Lodge’s fundraising challenge. The Goldwing Club made quite an impact as they brought their fabulous motorbikes with them.

Centre Manager Yvonne McKibbon said:  `“This fundraising event was a team effort from children, families and staff.  Thank you everyone who worked hard to raise the funds. We are particularly grateful to the Goldwing club for their fantastic fundraising effort. The funds raised will put a well earned smile on the faces of the many children who visit Forest Lodge.”

About Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge Respite Home is a care facility for children with learning disabilities located in the grounds of Musgrave Park Hospital.  It offers short breaks for children and their families.  Facilities include over night accommodation, play rooms, a sensory room and a fenced garden area allowing outdoor play.  Over 40 children use the facility each week.

Northern Ireland Clown Doctors

The Northern Ireland ClownDoctors regularly visit Forest Lodge.  The ClownDoctors is a programme of Arts Care, Northern Ireland’s leading health and arts charity.  The ClownDoctors are a professional troupe of ten performers specially trained to work in medical environments.  They have been visiting Forest Lodge since 2006.

Laughter relaxes the whole body relieving physical tension and stress.  It boosts the immune system decreasing the production of stress hormones and increases the production of infection fighting antibodies.  Laughter also decreases pain and triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural "feel-good" chemicals.