All aboard for a wild day out

Over 200 people set off on three double decker buses to Flamingo Land from Mixenden Parents Resource Centre
Over 200 people set off on three double decker buses to Flamingo Land from Mixenden Parents Resource Centre

Families in part of Halifax had a wild day out thanks to funding from Calderdale Adult Learning.

More than 200 people from Mixenden piled on to three double decker buses and headed for Flamingo Land theme park and zoo in North Yorkshire.

The trip was planned to celebrate the acheivements of the Adult Learning centre at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre and reward their users and volunteers for their hard work over the last three months.

Calderdale Adult Learning offers a range of courses, from food hygiene certificates to degrees, which help improve education and give people a better chance of getting a job.

Organiser Liz Childs said the outing had been popular with people of all ages.

“There are people going on the trip from 9 months to 88 years old. It’s a great way to bring the community together and it should be a really enjoyable day for everyone.

“Some of the people here can’t afford to take their children to a theme park. It’s nearly £100 for a family of four and this is the only way that most people would be able to go,” she said

Organising so many people was a big challenge, as last time the trip was for just 20 people, but it seemed that everyone arrived at the right place and time and there were many excited faces, she added.

Michael Slater, who took his family on the trip, said: “It means we can take our kids out for the day. A lot of us use the centre to gain skills that can help find employment and it’s a real treat to get a trip like this.”

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