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Celebrating Barnstondale and our supporters

Barnstondale shows gratitude to valued supporters with celebration event

Honoured guests Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Councillor and Mrs Hackett, joined other valued friends, patrons and supporters last week (Friday 24 February) for a special event at Barnstondale, held in appreciation to them for their continued support.

George giving a tour of the centre to our visitors.

George giving a tour of the centre to our visitors.

George giving a tour of the centre to our visitors. As part of the celebration, guests had the opportunity to tour the centre to see key improvements that had been made in the last 18 months and to watch children enjoying the activities on offer. Centre manager George Jones told guests his future plans for Barnstondale – and its next fundraising focus – the Target Hub.

Sir John Murphy, giving his entertaining talk

Sir John Murphy, giving his entertaining talk

Guests were also treated to an entertaining talk by Sir Jon Murphy, the recently-retired Chief Constable of Merseyside, who recounted experiences from an expansive and interesting career spanning over 40 years as a serving police officer.


Some of the children, getting their awards

Some of the children, getting their awards

The official proceedings were followed by a buffet lunch and then the children were presented with achievement certificates.

Commented George Jones, centre manager: “Our supporters are so important to us and we were keen to take the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to them. I always think it’s so much easier to show people what you have done than try to explain it. When visitors leave Barnstondale they have a real sense of what we are trying to achieve and the difference we can make to the children who visit us.


our-next-target“Our latest fundraising endeavour, the Target Hub, is the next key investment for the centre. To have a purpose built, all-weather, inclusive environment for all our different target activities will offer real benefits to our children – especially with the climate on the Wirral!”

Binns Big Barnstondale Bike!

binns-big-bike-web2Simon Binns, one of our hard-working staff here at Barnstondale, is taking his job to another level to raise funds for the centre, by cycling from John o’ Groats to Land’s End. Simon and his three friends will be setting off on Saturday 30 May and hope to pedal up to 1,000 miles, across the length and breadth of the country, in just 14 days. While Simon will be fundraising for Barnstondale, the others will also be supporting their own local charities.

The John o’ Groats to Land’s End route runs the whole length of mainland UK. It is a popular challenge for many cyclists and is often used to raise money for charity. Starting at the tip of Scotland, the group will pass through some of Britain’s most iconic landmarks and scenic countryside, to reach the Pewith Peninsula in Cornwall. The Lake District, Inverness and the Severn Bridge will all be along the route, with local points of interest including Runcorn and Chester. In recent times the route has been used as a rite of passage by cyclists taking on the most iconic and toughest cycling challenge in Britain. Team GB rower and Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell and former England Rugby captain Lewis Moody have both completed this route for their chosen charities in the past.

Commented Simon Binns, employee at Barnstondale: “Completing this cycle challenge was always on my bucket list. Now in my 50th birthday year, I feel this is a good time to finally turn my dream into reality. Despite minimal experience and some uncharacteristic physiques not typically suited to cycling, my friends and I have been working hard over the last few months to train and get prepared for the ride. We’re in no doubt that this will be a gruelling task, but we’re excited to take to the roads and explore Britain in all of its glory.”

Also taking part in the challenge are Dr Ian Woods, a GP based at Long Lane Medical Centre in Aintree, Alastair Sunderland, a retired local architect, and self-employed painter and decorator Gary Tull or ‘Tully the Brush’. Dr Woods has also chosen to raise funds for a cause closely related to his career – Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, one of the largest, networked cancer centres in the country, operating from nine sites across Merseyside and Cheshire. Alastair is supporting a local church’s youth group on their annual trip, where they will be helping out at an African school.

Commented Heidi Hughes, Barnstondale’s Business Director, “As well as fundraising to pay for maintenance and improvement work, Barnstondale also earmarks some of its money to pay for children who visit with larger groups and whose parents are unable to afford the cost of their trip, so that they don’t miss out. As a charity focused on supporting the development of young people, especially those from socially deprived areas or challenging backgrounds, this is important to us. Simon’s fundraising will help enable this to happen. He is going above and beyond the call of duty and we’re very grateful for his support.”

To sponsor Simon, visit

Sing Me Merseyside choir to perform at Barnstondale event

singmecoffeemorningThe outstanding Sing Me Merseyside choir have already been kind enough to fund-raise for Barnstondale at some of their other performances, but on Thursday 11th June they’ll be performing right here – and we’d love for you to come too!

We’re hosting a coffee morning that Sing Me Merseyside will be performing their popular selection of tunes at, with all proceeds from the £5 entry going towards the work of Barnstondale.

Sing Me Merseyside choir can promise you great entertainment, we can promise you delicious cakes and endless refills for your drinks, plus we’ll also be holding a raffle during the event. With so much to enjoy we’re sure good conversation is guaranteed.

We’d love to see you here on Thursday 11th June, between 10am and 12pm for the event. If you’d like to come you can purchase a ticket by calling Ruth on 0151 648 1412, or simply turn up on the day and pay then.

Come for a wonderful morning and the opportunity to make a difference to the life of a young person.


Barnie Owl Challenge 2014


Barnie Owl has got a challenge for you! Are you brave enough to accept it?

The Barnie Owl Challenge for 2014 will be a sponsored abseil on Saturday 15th November to raise money for young people to be able to come to Barnstondale.

Barnstondale is a charity that provides residential facilities and activities to groups of young people. We recognise that raising the funds to come can be difficult for schools and groups and so we’re launching this exciting challenge that could slice the cost of coming to stay for as many children as possible.

We know that a visit to Barnstondale can be a life changing event for young people and so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to be able to come here. A few moments on a rope on our imposing 35 foot high abseil tower is a real challenge, but its one that can make a real difference to the life of a child – and that has to be worth taking up the challenge for!

We need people like you to sign up to take part and raise money as part of this event. If as many people as possible sign up and raise sponsorship money then children could even have a completely free trip!

ALL sponsorship money raised goes directly towards the cost of children’s visits to Barnstondale. All we ask is a £5 registration fee is paid so that everything can be run as safely as possible.

Why not take up the challenge? After all, this is a charity challenge that doesn’t even need any ice! Better still, take part and challenge your friends to join you!

barnie-fly-failBarnie Owl will be there on the day and will be taking part in the abseil as well, so if a giant owl mascot is brave enough to do it then can you say you’re not? How often do you get to prove you’re braver than a giant owl? We’re absolutely certain that you’ll be able to do it better than he can….

We really hope that you’ll be able to join us for what promises to be a fun and exciting day, while raising funds to make a difference for as many young people as possible.

Launching the 2013 sponsored abseil with Barnie Owl!

fly-with-barnie-webOur new friend, Barnie Owl, has come up with a real challenge – he wants to see if you can fly too, at our sponsored abseil event on Saturday 7th December 2013!

Barnstondale is a charity that provides residential facilities and activities to groups of young people. We recognise that raising the funds to come can be difficult for schools and so we’re launching this exciting project that could slice the cost of coming to stay for as many children as possible.

We need people like you to sign up to take part and raise money as part of this event. If as many people as possible sign up and raise sponsorship money then children could even have a completely free trip!

Why not join in the fun? After all, a minute on a rope could raise enough to make a big difference to a child.

All sponsorship money raised will go directly towards the cost of childrens visits to Barnstondale. All we ask is that participants raise a minimum of £20. We only charge a £5 registration fee to ensure the event is run as safely as possible.

We hope that you can join us for a fun and exciting day and at the same time raise funds!

Click here to find out more!

Inclusive Activity Day – with a difference!

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We’ve been running inclusive activity days at Barnstondale for quite a few years now and they’re very popular indeed with children and parents alike. The mix of outdoor activities, presided over by our trained and experience staff, along with indoor creative activities have something for all children of all abilities.

We will be holding another Inclusive Activity Day on Wednesday 20th February, between 9.30am and 3.00pm, with activities including climbing & abseiling, rifle shooting, cookery and crafts.

The cost per child with be £16 for the day, including lunch. To make a booking for the limited places available, call Stacey Addison on 0151 637 6046. It’ll be sure to be a memorable and enjoyable day for all children of all abilities.

Noriko Ogawa

For this activity day, its not just the children who have something exciting and creative to enjoy. We’re very excited indeed to announce that internationally renowned Classical Pianist, Noriko Ogawa, will be performing a special concert of popular classical pieces for all parents and carers, completely free!

Taking place at Poulton Hall, the concert will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Noriko perform and discover why she is an internationally respected pianist, recording artist, presenter, educator and artistic adviser to MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

Following the concert, carers and parents can return to Barnstondale to enjoy lunch, also for no charge. We hope this will all make for a very memorable day for everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the day! To find out more about the concert, call us on 0151 648 1412.



Holistic Wellbeing Day, 29th November

29th November is a Holistic Wellbeing day at Barnstondale, where a number of complementary therapies will be available.

With a selection of massages and reflexology, all at the bargain price of £10 per half hour session or some at only £5 for a 15 minute session, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new.

Sessions can be booked for the 29th between 10am – 5pm. To book simply call 07528 413 346 and mention Barnstondale.


Enjoy an early Christmas coffee morning, Wednesday 7th November

You can start your Christmas planning the right way by visiting our coffee morning on Wednesday 7th November from 10am – 12.30pm.

As well as benefitting the work being done at Barnstondale by providing outdoor activities for children, your £5 entrance will help you gain inspiration for Christmas presents and stocking fillers from our Christmas stalls, with something for every age.

All that and live music from Tom Doughty and, of course, the very important tea and cake!

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 7th November!

Breakout days at Barnstondale this August 2012

breakoutWe’re excited to be running 2 different 2 day programmes of breakout sessions at Barnstondale between August 13th – 16th. Its the ideal summer activity for children aged 8-14.

The 2 day programmes run from 13th – 14th August and from 15th – 16th August. With a wealth of activities for children to enjoy, like climbing, archery, abseiling, rifle shooting and river crossing there’s a world of adventure just waiting to explore. With lunch and refreshments included each 2 day progamme is a bargain at £50 per child for the full 2 days.

The days activities run from 10am – 4pm and it is possible to pay extra to drop off children earlier and pick them up later. 1 day courses are available and of course you’re welcome to book for all 4 days if you’d prefer.

To find out more and to get a leaflet you can pass on, please download the information leaflet below. Early booking is recommended as spaces are understandably limited to ensure each child had as enjoyable and safe an experience as can be provided.

Click here to download the information leaflet (PDF Format).

The booking form and parental consent form are provided below, in PDF and DOCX formats. Please print and complete them both,  then return them with your payment to us at Barnstondale before August 3rd.

Booking form in PDF format and parental consent form in PDF format.

Booking form in DOCX format and parental consent form in DOCX format.