Sunny Day Trip with Marks and Spencer

On Wednesday 7th June, staff from Coventry City Centre’s M&S accompanied CRCB to Baddesley Clinton. Over thirty service users boarded the coach and were taken to the National Trust home in Solihull.

As Marks and Spencer’s chosen Charity of the Year, we were given the opportunity to arrange a day out for our service users which would be funded by the branch.

Knowing how much our service users love history and nature, we selected a trip to Baddesley Clinton.

The group walked around the beautiful gardens, taking in the scenery and smelling the abundance of flowers. Tricia Griffiths had prepared a hearty packed lunch for everyone, which was enjoyed sitting in the sun. 

Three service users sat chatting over lunch

There was also the chance to see inside the National Trust property and get a closer look at paintings and other intriguing artifacts.

A service user and a volunteer looking closely at a painting

A few days before the trip, M&S staff came to the Resource Centre to complete Sighted Guiding training, which was led by one of our Session Leaders, Jenny Roberts. 

a group photo of M&S staff and Jenny Roberts

A staff member from M&S guiding a volunteer

We have received very positive feedback from our service users; they enjoyed the journey, the visit to the National Trust home and the supportive, patient and understanding demeanour of the Marks & Spencer staff. One of our service users has even written a letter to her guide thanking her for her wonderful help and on the coach home another gave a short speech to show his gratitude.

We are delighted to have worked with Marks and Spencer to make this trip possible. We would like to thank everyone involved – we can’t wait for our next collaboration! 

group photo outside house

Photos courtesy of Jenny Roberts