Earlier this month The Involvement Group held its Annual Summer Celebration at the luxurious Carden Park Hotel located in the stunning Cheshire countryside. Carden Park has been the venue of our Summer Celebration for the last 3 years and yet again it did not disappoint.
Our day started in the early afternoon where members of the Involvement Group Team, along with their families split into teams and competed in a variety of activities. It’s safe to say that the games brought out a side to some of our team that we had never seen before whilst the activities could only be described as a tribute to an episode of ‘It’s a Knockout’ or ‘The Crystal Maze’! I don’t believe that Carden Park had ever before seen so many inflatable obstacles descend onto their lawns.
Once the activities had come to their conclusion everyone had a couple of hours to re-compose themselves and get prepared for the evening.
This year was a little different, as we were absolutely delighted to have welcomed Helen Glover MBE as our guest speaker at this year’s celebration.
Helens achievements are enough to admire her for alone; however, it’s was her passion for teamwork and her constant drive and determination to improve which we felt would make her the perfect guest, and we weren’t wrong.
Helen has been one of the most memorable sports stars to emerge from the London 2012 Olympic Games, where along with her rowing partner Heather Stanning, claimed Team GB’s first gold medal of the games. A fantastic achievement that becomes even more amazing with the fact that Helen didn’t take up rowing until 2008! Helen then went on to become the number 1 ranked female rower in the world whilst also becoming a double Olympic champion when she and Heather again won gold and defended their title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. To top it off she is also the first British rower to hold the Olympic, World and European title simultaneously.
Helen is proof of what can be achieved by a team that is focused and working towards clear goals. There were many things that we took away from Helens speech and we were very honoured to have her as our guest this year.
Later that evening it was time for our annual awards presentation where teams and individuals were recognized for their outstanding work and contributions over the last 12 months. It has been a very productive year for us at The Involvement Group and it was great to see all the winners receive a very well-deserved recognition.
The night was then brought to a close with many drinks and some very questionable dancing on the part of some!
Once again, we had a fantastic weekend celebrating at Carden Park and look forward to another productive year ahead.