March 26, 2024

50 for Free: Supporting Charities with Extraordinary Breaks

Kirsten Aboah
50 for Free: Supporting Charities with Extraordinary Breaks

Volunteers and staff with lived experience at Betknowmore UK have enjoyed a health and wellbeing break they will never forget at the beautiful Goddards in Surrey – thanks to the Landmark Trust, one of Britain's leading building conservation charities.

50 for Free offers fifty stays at Landmark properties for charities and non-profit organisations, providing them with unique and memorable experiences, and Betknowmore UK has been selected as one of the beneficiaries to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime stay during 2024.

Goddards was built by Edwin Lutyens from 1898–1900, designed in the traditional Surrey style and with a garden laid out in collaboration with the celebrated garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. and members of our team got to experience its charm from 8-11 March, with an agenda carefully crafted to focus on improving health and wellbeing, and featuring a variety of activities.

The one-hour Pilates session with Georgia Remnant was incredible. The purpose of the class was to relax our body and minds, finding techniques and exercises that can be used to help relieve stress and keep us aligned. Acknowledging that the group contained beginners with varying abilities and ages, the session focused on effective breathing to optimise muscle strength and flexibility, and improve posture and balance.  

Our second session was with breath practitioner Jade Danielle, who set up her room beautifully, creating an ambient, calm and welcoming atmosphere. The aim of the class was to learn techniques that would enable us to relax and manage stress without becoming overwhelmed. We were provided with individual yoga matts and covers as Jade used special lighting and sound bowls to set the mood and placed intentions cards on each mat.

The final activity of the weekend was Art Therapy in the large dinner hall. After being given a collection of paints and a canvas, we were encouraged to express ourselves before getting the chance to share our with the rest of the group. It was fantastic to hear the words of encouragement from others in the room.

Sue Cox, New Beginnings Service Manager at Betknowmore, said, “We were all struck by the sheer beauty, stillness and serenity of the building. If I had to pick one standout aspect it would be the grand and glorious dining room which had us all feeling like royalty.

“Having time to relax, recharge and deepen connections with colleagues in such idyllic surroundings was an experience none of us will forget. I feel privileged to have been given this wonderful opportunity.”

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to @LandmarkTrust for their incredible support. Their generosity has allowed us to forge connections and create lasting memories, bringing together individuals who tirelessly work to raise awareness and support those affected by harmful gambling.  

In addition to Betknowmore UK, other beneficiaries include hospices, full-time carers, food bank volunteers, veterans, charities supporting individuals with rare health conditions, and organisations aiding those affected by domestic abuse, loneliness, and poor mental health.  

To find out more about the Landmark Trust, click here.


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