Club Wilber went on Safari!
Club Wilber had fun on Safari last week!
Helen and Ava from Sam’s Safaris came to tell us all about the animals in their care. We learnt some cool facts and enjoyed having a feel of all the animals; running our fingers along lizard scales, feeling sticky snail feet and patting the blanket soft fur of a chinchilla. We even had a noisy duck piping up to greet us. Afterwards, we had a game of hungry hippos, played with some rain sticks, had a go on the African drum, and enjoyed some safari themed refreshments!
Thank you to the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust and LNER who helped fund this activity.
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Christmas Raffle & Christmas Cards are back!

Our Christmas Raffle is back and there’s a host of fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a big Christmas hamper, a Betty’s hamper, two £100 Lifestyle shopping vouchers and a box of Nestle favourites. Tickets are £2 each and available from reception at Wilberforce House and by emailing reception@wilberforcetrust.org.uk

We are also delighted to be offering Christmas Cards again, this year featuring a wonderful contemporary design. The cards come in packs of 10 and are £4.50 a pack. As with the raffle, all proceeds raised go to the trust.

 

National Poetry Day
John has lived with the Trust for 50 years, from the days when Wilberforce Home for The Blind stood on the spot where the new Wilberforce House now stands, off Tadcaster Road in York. He began writing poetry many years ago, and has written hundreds, some produced into booklets along with other writers, and he’s even produced a CD of his work!
 
This week we spent time discussing his poetry and what have been his inspirations over the years. John loves the stars and described how he knows when it is a clear night and the stars are out, even when he cant see them. The sky and stars have featured in many of his poems, as well as everyday items and occurrences, like easting ice cream! He spoke fondly too about his Mum and Dad, and the skills they taught him and their encouragement to sing and enjoy music. He also described how he wrote his poetry, how when an idea would come to him, even in the night, how a Support Worker would write it down for him.
This poem about his Mum, written in 1995, was a favourite, and John was happy to share this with our Wilberforce Trust followers and supporters!
My Darling Mum
My darling Mum is special, with everything that’s nice
to add with sweet reflection is just a taste of spice.
My Mum conjures up special smells everywhere about
talcum powder, lavender and other nice things too.
My Mum’s my special angel always up above.
My Mum brings everything with all her special love.