Hanging around for wonderful causes

A record £7,500 was raised for six charities when Robinwood Activity Centre opened the historic Dobroyd Castle site doors to the public for its annual open day.

Held on the final weekend of August, the event is now established in the town’s calendar, giving people the chance to try out some of the activities visiting schools and groups are able to utilise.These include archery, climbing, caving and canoeing, the opportunity to have a go on the trapeze or whizz down the zip wire and tackle the Robinwood team’s famous crate challenge.

Robinwood Activity Centre's Dobroyd Castle Open Day.

Robinwood Activity Centre's Dobroyd Castle Open Day.

The giant swing was another popular attraction and the day also included face painting and a bouncy castle. Refreshments and live music completed the day, with a park and ride system in place and money raised by charges on the activities going to charity.

Assistant manager Amy Groves said the day had raised a record sum.
“We had a steady flow of visitors all day, and especially so in the afternoon. The weather held and it was a massive success, everyone seemed happy and it is more than we have raised in any other year.

“The money is being split between six local charities, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Burnley Young Carers, Together For Looked After Children, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Action for ASD, and Derian House.

“It was a big success, and we’re looking forward to next year!” she said.