The Taste for Adventure charity was set up in 1991 from ‘Brummie’ and Lynn’s home, its aim was to help improve the personal effectiveness of local young and elderly people, who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ in life by reason of abuse, crime, infirmity, rural and social isolation, disablement, poverty or social and economic reasons beyond their control.
This was achieved through sporting and adventurous pursuits such as climbing, canoeing, abseiling, caving, mountain biking and with much informal discussion, we were able to encourage these young people to learn how to work together in self-sufficient teams in an environment very different from their city streets, and see for themselves that there is more to life and more exciting challenges than gathering on street corners and getting into trouble with the police.
‘Brummie’ was instrumental in encouraging young people to get together in different communities, all across Herefordshire, forming their own committees to work on projects from; clearing woodlands and village ponds, shelters with seating as meeting places and play parks. All of this was achieved by the young people taking ownership of the project and doing their own fundraising by putting bids forward to local businesses and sourcing local grants, with ‘Brummie’s’ help and guidance all the projects were successful.
In 1997 ‘Brummie’ and Lynn opened up the first residential centre with 5 acres of land. Thousands of young and not so young people have passed through the centre. The elderly were not left out and in 1998 reaching out into the two rural communities offering hot lunches throughout the winter months, soon grew into days out, weekends away and many more social activities, helping to combat loneliness and isolation. Such was the centre’s renowned visit from HRH Prince Philip in 2004, and in 2005 ‘Brummie’ received an MBE for his work with young people, then in 2008, Lynn received an MBE for work within the local communities.