Disadvantaged children in Hampshire were invited to spend the day at Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, courtesy of Wave 105 Cash for Kids.
A group of 12 children from Simon Says and the Rainbow Trust explored the gardens of the charming 17th century country house, which are set in 63 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland. This was followed by a talk from the hotel’s resident falconer and the opportunity to meet the birds.
Helped by the hotel staff, the youngsters picked vegetables and herbs from the garden, honing their culinary skills by using the fresh ingredients to make their own pizzas in the Kitchen Garden.
Maintenance Manager at Lainston House Hotel, Ben Leach, said: “It was a pleasure for us to give the children from Simon Says and the Rainbow Trust the opportunity to visit Lainston House and experience all we have to offer. They particularly enjoyed meeting our new resident ducklings and really flourished when tasked with making their own pizzas in our kitchen garden.
“We hope to work together with Wave 105 Cash for Kids again in the near future to continue making a difference to disadvantaged children in the area.”
Gloria Hill, charity manager for Wave 105 Cash for Kids, added: “We are committed to working with local businesses for the benefit of children across the south. The day out at Lainston House Hotel is a perfect example of how we can work together to give kids the opportunity to have an experience that wouldn’t normally be open to them. Thank you so much to the staff at Lainston House Hotel for opening your doors to us.”
Wave 105 Cash for Kids supports local children under the age of 18, who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged. The charity also encourages healthy lifestyle options by promoting physical, mental and general wellbeing of children and adolescents specifically within the Wave 105 region.