I felt it was only right to do a quick blog and show how well we all did as team “West Dorset Leisure Holidays” and grew moustaches for the Movember cause.
Thank you to all that sponsored us, if there is anyone that would like to do a last minute sponsor you can do it through this link, please click HERE
After 30 days of growing I think we have all become rather attached to our facial friends!
West Dorset Leisure Holidays
£250,000 Conservation plans for the South West Coast Path
To celebrate the South West Coast Path Associations 40th Birthday, the association has organised a 630 mile sponsored walk. The aim is to raise £250,000 which will be generated back into the South West Coast Path, in further action to conserve the reputable coastline. The walk is being divided over several days and a map has been produced to show on what days what sections of the walk will be taking place. The walk will commence in Minehead in Somerset to South Haven Point near Poole in Dorset and the path includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Jurassic Coast.
On the 8th April the sponsored walk will be from Abbotsbury to Seatown, this is a 12.4 mile walk and I have agreed to walk the section from Burton Bradstock to Seatown, Seatown being the home of our Golden Cap Holiday Park. This part of the walk is going to be 6.4 miles and all 5 of our West Dorset Leisure Holiday Parks will be sponsoring this great cause. If you would also like to get involved in supporting the coastline you can sign up here.
Highlands End Leisure Club is now signing up new members for 2013, we are offering December 2012 for free if you sign up for a year’s membership. We have already written to current members about the membership renewal and they should be receiving further details in the post shortly. If you did want to sign up for this great deal, application forms are available from the Leisure club and main reception at Highlands End Holiday Park.
Highlands End Swimming Pool
West Dorset Leisure Holidays have just had an assessment and passed the Investors in People Award. We are very proud to have passed the last 12 years and I would like to thank all the staff that has contributed towards this great achievement. The award is acknowledged nationally and aimed at encouraging excellence in approaches to human resource management and the enhancement of organisational performance, mainly focusing on developing staff skills.
Movember is now coming to an end, we hope to have raised £100, we will be checking the bar and swimming pool collection buckets in the next couple of days and we will then make an announcement on our West Dorset Leisure Holidays face book of the overall amount raised. Thank you to all of you that have sponsored us and well done to all that have grown the designer moustaches.
From our Highlands End small holdings last week we sent 15 lambs away for meat and have also had to prepare the animal area for the winter ahead of us. Robert has been digging new water pipes routes underground so that the current over ground pipes don’t freeze this winter. Robert has also been preparing the animal’s shelter areas to protect them this winter.
Finally, this weekend Vanessa is planning on putting up the Highlands End Christmas tree. It has been mentioned to us a few times of people spotting the tree on top of the hill, it makes me think one thing and that’s…. Christmas and 2013 is almost here.
Introducing Fat Fred, Choking Charley and Lazy Annie
This week I have some sad news to report, that our ginger and white cat called Walter sadly pasted away. I am sure that many of our customers who have stayed at Highlands End Holiday Park will have met him. Walter was first spotted in the touring area at Highlands End in July 2002 and it was assumed that he had been left behind by a visitor. He lived on scraps from touring visitors until the end of the season in November 2002, when he was caught by a helpful guest who brought a very angry cat to reception. He was then taken in by our warden Mike who worked on the park and he named him Walter. By Christmas Walter started to calm down and become a friendly cat. Mike unfortunately then moved to a job which did not allow animals and Walter moved in to our house with us.
For the last 10 years Walter has wandered around the park and is very popular with adults and children, and he often liked to come for walks with me in the evenings. Sadly a few days ago he died very suddenly after eating his breakfast, he was heading for his favourite spot to look out of the conservatory across Eype downs. Walter was a wonderful cat who will be remembered by the many visitors who have stopped to stroke or feed him.
What a collection of practice dummies…. with Fat Fred to give the feel of dealing with a larger casualty, Choking Charley to practice thumping a choking person on the back and of course the traditional Annie for the CPR.
Monday 19th November we had a staff First Aid training day. Nine of our staff took part in the one day course with South Western Ambulance Service and all nine of the staff are now certified in Emergency First Aid at Work. Robert wanted to do a further intense first aid training programme, because he works on the grounds of the parks and lives at Highlands End Holiday Park. We agreed it would be useful for him to gain a deeper knowledge and attended a 3 day First Aid Course, at Dorchester South Western Ambulance training school.
One of our holiday parks has recently been spotted on a TV advert on Channel 5 for the Health Lottery. A lucky couple won a sum of money and bought a Caravan Holiday Home, pitched at our rural and very peaceful holiday park called Graston Copse.
Movember is well under way, half way through the month and we have raised £70. We do have collection buckets displayed in Highlands bar area and the swimming pool lobby but we don’t know how much is in these buckets yet, I will let you know at the end of Movember. All the men taking part are getting full moustaches now and we are trying to hit our target of £100 in donations. If you would like to make a donation please click on this link, thank you.
Over £31,000 raised for the Jurassic Coast Trust
Wednesday 31st October we hosted Halloween night at the Highlands End bar and restaurant. We had an excellent turn out with lots of people in scary costumes. We had a pumpkin competition and children’s games. All the Highlands End staff were thoroughly pleased with the effort made by all the guests on park. Most of the children and parents were dancing well into the night with the spooky disco, it was enjoyed by all.
The park closed on the 3rd November to all hire caravans, tourers and campers. We do still have the apartments for rent and of course the leisure club is open all year round. With the caravans closed we have begun “drain down” which is a bit of a race against the weather. We like to have all the caravans disconnected from water and electricity before the frost and ice starts for the winter. We have a compressor this year to try and speed up the drain down procedure with over 500 caravans to get through on all 5 parks.
To lighten the spirits of the maintenance team during the “drain down” we have decided to support Movember. This is a fund raising scheme organised to increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money to support the Institute of Cancer Research. Myself, James, Robert, Ben, Barry and Martin Chattin are all growing moustaches and have set up a website where we can receive sponsorship, the link is http://uk.movember.com/team/899089 Our aim is to raise over £100. We are going to post pictures on our company face book page during the following weeks and you will be able to see how the Movember Maintenance Team are doing.
On a more serious note, we are really pleased to have received our end of year statistics with how much we have raised for the Jurassic Coast Trust during 2012. With every booking that we received we asked if the booking customer would be happy to make a set donation and this season we have raised £5,383.40. Since starting this project back in 2008 and we have raised a total of £31,105.10. Thank you to all our customers who have made this donation. This money goes towards maintenance and educating people about the historical coastline.