Project information

Realising Potential Lodge Appeal

Build 5 fully accessible self-catering lodges in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, to provide a home from home environment for people with disabilities, together with their family and friends to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside.

January 2012 - December 2016

Charity information: Calvert Trust Kielder

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  • Need


    We are receiving more and more enquiries for self-catered accommodation from families with a disabled member who want to holiday at Calvert Trust Kielder. Each of our lodges is specifically designed for use by a disabled person, and is equipped with the necessary specialist equipment to make life easier. However, our existing ten lodges are so popular that we simply cannot meet the demand and we have to disappoint our disabled guests, their family and friends who really need a break.


    Our project would help us to meet our objective of reaching more disabled adults and children and enabling them to benefit from using adventure activities to improve physical and mental well-being. The additional accommodation will give families with a disabled member affordability, flexibility, privacy and choice. Most importantly, the project will allow further integration of disabled and able-bodied people, which is crucial to breaking down barriers about what CAN be achieved.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable more families with a disabled member to benefit from an adventurous activity holiday.


    » Build five spacious 4* fully adapted self-catering lodges and furnish with specialist equipment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to accommodate a further 600 visitors (2,000 bednights) annually, and realise a 20% increase in our lodge income, which will support our long term sustainability.

    Aim 2

    Provide flexible and affordable holiday accommodation for families with a disabled member


    » Subsidise each person per night through continued fundraising for bursary support

    What success will look like

    Success will be to ensure that those who are disabled, disadvantaged and in lower income groups are not excluded through financial restraint.

  • Impact


    The combination of challenging activities and access to the wilderness landscape of Kielder Forest can transform the lives of disabled people and their families; through the services we provide, our visitors will grow in self-confidence, self-esteem and independence. The additional accommodation will increase visitor numbers and this will have a positive impact on other businesses in the local area.


    Objection to project – local residents and businesses have been kept fully aware of our development strategy and there were no objections to our planning application which was approved by Northumberland County Council in May 2012.
    Funds – the Realising Potential Lodges project has been developed in a modular fashion to allow lodges to be built individually, as and when funds become available.


    Our donors are scheduled to receive six monthly updates on our project as fundraising begins, and this will increase to quarterly as building commences. Additional notifications will be sent if there are any notable amendments to report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,800,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Fixtures/Fittings Adapted equipment, hoists etc.
      £150,000 Infrastructure Groundworks, drainage, roads etc
      £200,000 Fees Architects, QS, contingencies
      £260,000 Lodge 1 Fully accessible lodge
      £260,000 Lodge 2 Fully accessible lodge
      £260,000 Lodge 3 Fully accessible lodge
      £260,000 Lodge 4 Fully accessible lodge
      £260,000 Lodge 5 Fully accessible lodge

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    R & L Jacobson Trust £30,000 Guaranteed
    The Rank foundation £20,000 Guaranteed
    EBM charitable Trust £25,000 Guaranteed
    Own Funds £134,000 Guaranteed
    NULAG £120,000 Guaranteed
    The Beatrice Laing Trust £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project is located within the spectacular Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, in one of the most tranquil areas of England. The economy of Kielder was based on forestry and since the creation of the reservoir, is now also reliant on tourism. Wildlife conservation and education interact comfortably with water sports, cycling and outdoor pursuits.


    Families from across the UK with a disabled member who will benefit greatly from the opportunity to holiday and take part in activities together, while enjoying the privacy and comfort of a home from home environment. We are the only organisation in our local area to offer specialised provision for disabled people, their family, friends and carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We were founded on a vision of a society where disability is not a barrier to enjoyment and fulfilment, and we now have 30 years’ experience in providing adventurous outdoor activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities. We have a wealth of experience in managing projects of this scale and have seen our centre grow from 12 to over 40 staff members and our visitor numbers average at 5000 annually.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tara Martin, Business Development Team Leader

    Tara will be responsible for the promoting and booking the new accommodation, and allocating bursary funds to support guests as required.

    Kevin Appleby, Director Of Operations

    Kevin will manage the project, liaising with both contractors and staff, to ensure it runs smoothly and there is little or no disruption for guests.

    Peter Cockerill, CEO

    Peter will oversee the Realising Potential Lodge appeal as a whole and will be the driving force behind our fundraising.

One of our 4* fully adapted lodges.

One of our 4* fully adapted lodges.

"An accessible and spacious lodge meant we didn't worry about things that usually restrict us. It took the stress away and made it a proper holiday."

Diana Smith