Award celebrates special friendship

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 December 2010

Marie Forbes is pictured centre with the award on the Brandon Trust bridge with colleagues Ruth Bell left and Nicky Baker right.

Marie Forbes is pictured centre with the award on the Brandon Trust bridge with colleagues Ruth Bell left and Nicky Baker right.


A FRIENDSHIP forged between a Weston charity and a town sports club has been recognized with the presentation of a special award.

Four years ago, when the Brandon Trust – which supports people with learning disabilities – found its future under threat, they found an unexpected ally.

Hornets Rugby Club stepped in to offer the group the hire of its Hutton Road club to replace its former home in the Meridens Day Centre, which was closing, and since then a unique partnership has blossomed.

From initially running weekday activities, the relationship has grown to include regular disco nights, skittles evenings, and an annual family fun day, as well as other events.

And the friendship was formally recognized this week, with the presentation of an in-house charity award to the Brandon Trust’s Weston team.

Manager Marie Forbes said: “The Hornets have gone out of their way to welcome those with learning disabilities and to help them feel a real part of the community.”

The award was presented on the ‘Brandon Trust Bridge’, a striking piece of 3D art designed to illustrate how the charity ‘provides solid support for those who might otherwise be standing at the edge of an abyss’.

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