The Great Tree House Challenge
SKY 1 TV Tuesday 13th December 8:00pm
The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust will be appearing on a new prime-time Sky television series next week after a fully wheelchair-accessible tree house was built at the charity’s Tadworth centre in just five days..
The Great Tree House Challenge - a three-part series sees the creation of three amazing tree houses in deserving communities around the UK. The Children’s Trust was chosen as one of the locations after the program-makers heard how an accessible tree house would enrich the lives of the disabled children and young people receiving care there.
The program, presented by architectural designer and television presenter Charlie Luxton (DIY SOS, I Own Britain’s Best Home), not only follows the story of the tree house from design to construction, but also features the stories of some of the children receiving care and rehabilitation at the Trust.
The new structure includes a suspended walkway which winds its way up around several trees and ends in a spectacular tree house overlooking the Trust’s facilities. It also features an external lift that will enable all of the children and young people at the Trust to access the tree house.
Jan Vance, Play Therapist at The Children’s Trust, said: “We could never have dreamed that such an amazing structure could be created here. The tree house will enrich the lives of the children here in countless ways for many years to come. It can be a peaceful space to spend time with parents or siblings, or it we can use it to run play or therapy sessions. For children learning to walk again or to use a powered wheelchair, the magical journey up through the foliage along the walkway will be inspirational. We are so grateful to Sky, the build crew and the producers of the program for making this happen.”
Jeremy Daldry, Series Producer, said: “The tree house at The Children’s Trust was a hugely challenging build for Charlie, the build and production team. Its sheer ambition and size was more than a little daunting. However, I really hope that the end result is worth it. It was certainly a joy and inspiration to work with the staff, parents and kids at The Children’s Trust.”
‘The Great Tree house Challenge’ featuring The Children’s Trust will be broadcast on Sky 1 on Tuesday 13th December at 8pm.
The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, is a national charity which provides care, therapy and education for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury. Visit CHILDREN'S TRUST for more in formation.
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