On an exciting Thursday morning in July, 50 young people from KIDS Southwark Sibs project, accompanied by 20 eager employees from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), departed London Waterloo on an exciting voyage to Chessington World of Adventures.
The gang descended on the theme park, ready for an exhilarating day of exploration. Groups of children and RBS staff spent their day twirling on rollercoasters, screaming in haunted houses, eating ice cream, getting wet, navigating mirror mazes and even putting their aiming skills to the test in an attempt to win some giant stuffed giraffes. With the sun beaming brightly and not a cloud in the sky, it was a brilliant start to the children’s summer holidays and the perfect day for RBS staff to spend outside of the office.
'I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it extremely rewarding. KIDS is a wonderful charity, and a cause that really struck a chord with me. It made me take a step back to think and put our working lives in perspective.'
Adam, RBS Markets and International Banking
As the third year that RBS’ Markets and International Banking division has run this summer trip to Chessington for KIDS Southwark Sibs, it is now well-established as a top highlight in the group’s annual calendar. Children who had had the opportunity to attend the trip in past years were delighted to spend time with RBS staff members they had met before.
Peter Rowbottom, Director of Fundraising at KIDS, highlighted the significance of the trip for the young people KIDS supports:
‘This is an incredible opportunity for our young siblings – many of whom are under an immense amount of pressure at home and taking on caring responsibilities far beyond their years – to take a break from all of that and enjoy a fun day out with their friends.
Opportunities like this are rare for many of the young people we support, and we are extremely grateful to all of the staff at RBS who gave their time and energy to ensure our children had a brilliant day.’
Southwark Sibs project supports the siblings of disabled children KIDS works with in the borough. The project provides weekly groups, holiday workshops and a mentoring service to ensure that siblings are equipped with a support network that will help them to deal with the challenges that come with having a disabled sibling.
'At Chessington I liked that we made new friends and had so much fun. I would like to go back again and I hope I will be brave enough to go on even more rides next time!'
Jason, Age 8