Chailey scouts are flying in helicopter trip

Up, up and away: It was a day to remember for members of the 2nd Chailey Scout Group at Shoreham Airport
Up, up and away: It was a day to remember for members of the 2nd Chailey Scout Group at Shoreham Airport

The 2nd Chailey Scout Group, for young people with complex physical disabilities, enjoyed the thrill of a helicopter flight last week.

They took off from Shoreham Airport as part of their annual Summer Camp.

Each year the camp has a theme and, appropriately, 2014’s was ‘Flying High’.

The 2nd Chailey is based at Chailey Heritage School, the charitable special school for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, and is run entirely by volunteers.

It is a fully integrated group within the UK Scout Association.

The group meets weekly and goes on camp, under canvas, every year.

The Scouts started their week at Hindleap Warren, on the Ashdown Forest, where they flew through the trees on a zip line.

Then they went up in the world in the helicopter. The flight was made possible by donations from a number of sponsors, amazing discounts from the helicopter owner/ operators HeliFly UK Ltd and the waiving of landing fees by Shoreham Airport.

Sponsorship came from The Friends of Chailey Heritage, 7thSense Design Ltd and Mr and Mrs Richards, parents of Philip, a former member of the Scout group.

Matt Barton, Leader at 2nd Chailey, said: “We were thrilled to be able to offer this amazing opportunity as part of our camp programme this year.”

Leader Matt Barton said: “Our aim at 2nd Chailey is to provide our Scouts with the same as Scouting provides to all children around the world – the opportunities to do things they would never get to do elsewhere and to have experiences and build friendships that will last the rest of their lives.

“Due to the needs of the members of our group, this tends to take a little extra time and cost a lot more so our annual camp is a major undertaking.

“Without the sponsorship and generous discounts we have received, there would be no way we could include a day like this in our programme. Thank you all so much!”