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In April 2016, the JRF hosted a Celebration Dinner to raise money for the Homeless World Cup, and as part of the fundraising on the night there was a chance to win a trip to Grenada, see the island and volunteer with the Foundation .
The raffle prizes on the night also included a tour around the BBC Sports studio and a catered cricket match at the Oval, and the lucky winner; Angela Edwards Jones, won a trip to Grenada with the Foundation.
The trip for two included return flights, accommodation and visits to the Foundation’s disability programme and a meet and greet with Jason Roberts.
Read all about Angela’s experience below here…
Angela Edwards-Jones’s Trip to Grenada with the Jason Roberts Foundation, October 2016
I had been invited to the Jason Roberts Foundation Celebration Dinner in April by Rhona, one of my oldest and dearest friends. We enjoyed the evening as expected, and I bought a few raffle tickets as I always do. When my name was called out I was completely shocked as I don’t normally win anything. So it took a long time for me to realise that I had won a trip to Grenada!
There was plenty of time to plan ahead, and for two reasons I was particularly pleased. I had spent nearly a year in recovery from a serious knee injury; and it was perfect timing for such a big treat, with my 60th Birthday coming up in October.
The day finally came, and I was really excited and pleased that Rhona had agreed to come with me. Our flight to Grenada was with British Airways.
On arrival in Grenada, it was sunny and hot, and we were soon taken to the sensational True Blue Villa in St George’s. Our apartment was amazing! It was very spacious and beautifully appointed, including a plunge pool and a lovely living-dining area. From the windows was a delightful view towards the Marina, with sailing boats bobbing on the water, and stretching over a sparkling blue sea to the horizon.
Over the next week, we had a marvellous time. We rose quite early for a delicious breakfast. I loved the fresh coconut water and also tried Grenadian bakes, plantain, and salt fish, as well as more familiar dishes. Afterwards, I stretched out in a hammock on the decking, soaking up the warm sunshine and gazing across the marina and out to sea. “This is the life!” I thought.
One day we took advantage of the shuttle bus to Grand Anse Beach, which was great for swimming, relaxing, and getting some sun.
In the evenings the Dodgy Dock Lounge bar and restaurant was very nice, and there was entertainment, music, dancing, rum punch, singers, etc. We also had a lovely lunch there one day.
We went on a fantastic half day tour of this beautiful and fascinating island. We went to a waterfall and saw hot sauce being bottled… also ate cinnamon fresh from the tree; saw nutmegs being grown and harvested; and the cocoa trees and pods from which chocolate is made.
We were also invited to attend the University where the Jason Roberts Foundation was hosting an event for disabled children. I was so impressed with what they were doing, and the amount of time and care that they gave to the youngsters.
This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I enjoyed meeting the adults and children, helping to set up tables for the activities, setting out play dough and adding glitter, and making rope loops for giant bubble blowing.
While some of the children ran about in the sun playing football, others were drawn to the activities in the shade. I began rolling out play dough and using the shape cutters. Soon children began to join us, and they seemed very happy making teapots and trees and decorating them.
Eventually, it was time to leave Grenada. We had enjoyed a wonderful holiday, seen a fascinating and lovely island, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while seeing the great work the Jason Roberts Foundation had inspired and made possible for kids on the island.
For me, it was also an unforgettable 60th Birthday experience, and a chance to treat my knee to some warm sunshine.
We would like to thank the Jason Roberts Foundation for a wonderful time we will always remember, and wish them well in all their future projects.