The second of the 2013 trips under the Blackpool Holidays scheme was very nearly limited to a visit to the Ex-Servicemen's Club car park for the Bedworth participants! The coach driver that was scheduled to collect from Bedworth first at 9am on Thursday 25th July and then head over to pick up the Nuneaton participants appeared at Nuneaton first and would have gone directly to Blackpool had it not been for the action of a Rotarian onsite at the Nuneaton pick up point. After a few phone calls the misunderstanding was quickly rectified and the driver collected the waiting group from the Ex-Servicemen's Club after all. It was also confirmed that a "comfort break" at Keele Services would be included in the journey after some feedback from the June trip.

Bedworth Rotarians Ken Whitehead, Peter Summers, Ken Elliott and our lead organiser Lorraine Cope all turned out to give this week's holidaymakers a good send off.

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At around 9.30am on Thursday 27th June 2013, a coach filled with happy holiday makers left the Ex-Servicemen's Club in Bedworth on its way to Blackpool.

The departing Blackpool holidaymakers

This was the latest event in a successful community service project pioneered by the Bedworth Rotary Club many years earlier when it setup a partnership with a group of Blackpool hoteliers to provide organised holidays for people in the local community who might not otherwise get a chance to get away. In 2013, the Bedworth Rotary Club have been working in conjunction with the Nuneaton Rotary Club - sharing a coach across two different week long events.

A group of Bedworth Rotarians, including lead organisor Lorraine Cope, came to give the participants a "send off".

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Kids Out is one of Rotary's largest Community Service projects. Each year on the second Wednesday in June, a large number of Rotary Clubs up and down Great Britain and Ireland organise a day's outing for children with special needs. In our local area, the destination is Drayton Manor Park - the family run theme park near Tamworth - with over 2,000 children and their carers (whether school staff, parents or Rotarians) filling the park on that special day.

The Rotary Club of Bedworth supported Exhall Grange Specialist School and Science College this year. At a little before 9.30am on Wednesday 12th June, two minibuses full of very happy children, and similarly happy staff, were seen off by four Bedworth Rotarians. The weather was looking a little overcast, but on reaching the Theme Park the sun broke through - not that it really mattered to the children, who were focused on the rides of course!

All the children and many of the carers are provided with t-shirts bearing the Kids Out logo - this year in pale blue. The t-shirts then act as their admission ticket for the rides, which results in the amazing site at Drayton Manor where literally thousands of pale blue t-shirts can be seen dominating the Staffordshire Theme Park.

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