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Contact families to join Countryfile Ramble with TV legend John Craven and Paralympian Steve Brown

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

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This weekend Contact and some of the families we support in Wales will be taking part in Countryfile's Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

We receive BBC Children in Need funding to deliver outdoors fun days for disabled children and their families in Wales. The forest school events encourage participants to enjoy the great outdoors and learn about nature, at the same time as reducing the isolation that many families with disabled children experience.

Some of the families that benefit from the project will be joining Countryfile presenters John Craven and Steve Brown on their ramble in Caernarfon. Their ramble will be filmed and broadcast in a special programme titled the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need on Sunday 28 October on BBC One.

BBC Children in Need part-funds Contact's development officer, Kate Wyke, who runs the outdoor fun days and will be joining the families on their ramble in Caernarfon.

Kate said: "We're delighted to be taking part in the Countryfile Ramble this year. Research shows that there are lots of benefits for all children including those with disabilities from being outdoors including reduced stress, increased learning and creativity, improved health and well being and a greater sense of independence.

"All the families that we work with enjoy being outdoors and experiencing new opportunities so this will be a really exciting day for everyone involved. I hope that we can raise awareness for Contact and help raise some money for BBC Children in Need."

The ramble is a three mile walk around the beautiful Llyn Padarn glacial lake in Snowdonia and a train ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway, a heritage railway that runs along the side of the lake.

We have already delivered nine forest school events across Wales as far and wide as Flintshire and Swansea. Sessions include fire building, making bread on an open fire and stick peeling as well as walking, climbing and taking in the great outdoors.

The feedback from children and parents has been overwhelmingly positive. Children have lots of fun, they enjoy being outside and some even make new friends. Parents tell of their joy seeing their children who are often stuck at home, flourishing being outside, enjoying the natural world. And the parents themselves benefit from being in the great outdoors and socialising with others in a similar situation.

Contact Cymru has three forest school events planned in the remaining months of 2018, which will be held in Denbighshire, Conway and South Wales. To find out further details, keep checking our Wales Facebook page or sign up to our Wales e-bulletin