A day at St James Park
Today is the day i have been dreading. Newcastle Vs Arsenal. David is ready season ticket in hand when he asks to go to Newcastle again. The reason I am dreading it is I am an Arsenal fan through and through. My Arsenal polo top is hidden under my jacket as we take the drive to Sainsbury’s where we have our usual tea and cake.
Six weeks of Aarons mini adventures
We have come to the end of the summer holidays and we have had loads of great days out. Aaron and I would always start the day with a Starbucks. The first few weeks of the holidays we visited Tynemouth Cullercoats and Whitley bay. We would normally start at Tynemouth visiting Blue Reef Aquarium. Then we would enjoy a coast to coast walk ending up in Whitley bay for an ice cream.
A fast paced day out Go Karting
A mid week treat for Davey and his brother, as Martin heads over to Consett to take them Go Karting. Davey T loves his speed thrills and go karting is one of his favourite day trips out with MLH Community Care.
MLH Community Care and Support Fundraising Day was a big success for Guide Dogs UK
MLH Community Care and Support would like to thank everyone who supported them at their fundraising day at Chester le Street Riverside on August 15th. After almost 2 days of rain, volunteers from MLH Community Care and Support and National Citizens Service were blessed with a sunny day to raise money and awareness for Guide Dogs UK. Continue Reading
David and I are raring to go. It is the first day of the season and we have missed our football days out. I pick David up at 10am, we are driving in to Newcastle today because of Sunday Service. I ask David what he has been doing while the football has been on a break and he says he has been going to the cinema. David enjoys going to the cinema to see the Pixar and Disney films.
We decided to go for a snack first and stopped at his local Sainsburies for tea and cake.
We arrive in Newcastle at 11.50 and went for a walk around Newcastle first, it was very busy and we walked past monument where we saw the outdoor cinema was set up. He looked interested in that, and i made a note to see what was on when we got back for future days out. Continue Reading
Support our team as they are ‘Blind for the day’
“It costs £32,400 to train a guide dog partnership. This covers the first two years – from birth to graduation.” – Guidedogs.org.uk
Today is the day… Survival Sunday is upon us.
David and I are off to St James Park to see if Newcastle will be safe. I arrived at Davids at 11:30am, today we are taking the bus into Newcastle. It’s a 45 minute bus ride, but David enjoys taking the bus. He is quiet today and you can tell he is thinking about the match and what may be.
The bus arrives at Newcastle and the city is a buzz. We walk around the city centre for a bit taking in the atmosphere, before arriving at Mark Toney’s for a delicious pre-match Chicken Curry.
After Dinner, we made our way up to the football ground, and then to our seats ready for the match to begin. The atmosphere is intense today, a lot more encouraging chants than there has been in previous weeks.
The match begins and the fans sing and shout from the start. David gets upset when Newcastle’s Riviere misses an easy chance. David is certainly enjoying himself today, which is making up for a lot of this seasons home matches. David starts to join in with some of the Cheering, the first time I have seen this at a match with him.
Half time arrives and it is still goal less. David follows the routine of queuing up for a chocolate bar. The Second half starts and within minutes Sissoko Scored, the noise in the stadium was incredible. For now Newcastle were safe. I tried to encourage David to sing a long with some of the songs. The match continues and it is nail biting stuff, West Ham missing a few chances. It’s not until Guitterez scores that the fans start congratulating each other. Newcastle must be safe… and yes the whistle blows.
David gets ready to walk down to the bus stop, arguing with me that it was in fact 1-0 and not 2-0, but he seems to have enjoyed the match. Back on the bus, heading home to Bishop Auckland. We discuss what we can do with our day out next Saturday now that the football season is over. David said he wants to go to the cinema and bowling, this is something we have been trying to get him to do for a while now.
Once we got back to Framwellgate Moor we walked to the car park and started the drive back to his house. Within 10 minutes David was snoring away in the back of the car waking up just as we arrived home.
It was an exciting day out with David and he seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed it. I was very encouraged to see him try and join in with the other fans…Lets hope next season is a better one for NUFC.
A day at the Cricket…
I picked up my client Richard at 10.30. We don’t usually meet on a Tuesday but it is a bit of a change for Richard today as we are going to the Cricket.
We arrived at the Riverside Ground in Chester Le Street right on time and walked up to the ticket office. Richard is visually impaired so we asked which box was being used for the visually impaired spectators. On arriving at the box there were other visually impaired people that Richard knew, so it was nice for him to have a catch up.
Durham County Cricket Club
provide Audio description for certain matches, this is provided by volunteers who provide a running commentary of the game. Richard and his friends enjoyed the commentary through out the game.
As they broke for lunch myself and Richard went down to the restaurant where there was lovely sandwiches and hot drinks provided.
When the Cricket resumed it soon started to rain so we retreated to the Sheltered part of the box while we waited for play to continue, we were once again offered hot tea by the volunteers while we waited. The game continued once the rain paused. The match finished late afternoon with Durham winning by 6 wickets.
We thanked the volunteers for their kind hospitality and a most enjoyable day.
I drove Richard home who said he had appreciated his day at the Cricket