Special day out at centre ensures fun

FOOTBALL mascot Gully was among the visitors during a unique day at the Aldingbourne Country Centre.

The mascot of Brighton and Hove Albion FC joined 30 members of his Gully’s Day Out to enjoy the activities at the charity attraction.

Gully’s Day Out was set up by Albion in the Community.

The team has linked up with some of Sussex’s best-loved venues to provide free passes or vouchers for children, young people and adults with disabilities.

Another of the members who went along to the country centre was Julie Ashall and her daughter, Aida.

Julie said: “We never knew the country centre was here. It is a hidden gem and a lovely place to visit.”

The trip to the centre just off the A27 saw the families enjoy its open farm and see alpacas, goats, donkeys and guinea pigs.

They could also walk around the woodland, play giant games and mini golf, ride toy tractors and eat homemade food in the cafe.

The visitors were treated as well to a football tournament in which Gully became a goalkeeper in a penalty shootout for some sporting enjoyment.

The families also got to see the country centre in action and witness the work of the clients of its operator, the Aldingbourne Trust.

One visitor, Anna Jenkins, was especially inspired by this.

“It is lovely to see what opportunities there are available for people with disabilities.

“As a mother whose child has a disability. I’m aware the training prospects can be limited so it is great to see a centre like this.”

A spokeswoman for the country centre said: “We are proud to be a partner of the Gully’s Day Out scheme, especially as it supports people with disabilities to enjoy leisure activities and local attractions.”

The trust supports adults with learning disabilities to develop their skills to enable them to live independently and potentially find work.

Some of this activity is carried out at its creative arts studio which opened six months ago on Aldwick Road in Bognor Regis.

More details about Gully’s Days Out from gullysdaysout@albioninthecommunity.org.uk