A Dream Day at Diggerland

Construction theme park donates exclusive tickets to two brothers in Credo Care’s Eastern region.

Located across the UK, Diggerland theme parks give children and adults alike the chance to ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery.

In support of the Credo Care Dream Making project, the team at Diggerland donated a day out at their Kent location to two Credo Care kids: brothers T (12) and R (11), who have Cystic Fibrosis and live in Norfolk.

T and R were eager to get behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Pajero SUV, along with the chance to operate full-size machinery, enjoy construction-themed rides, and spend the day bonding as brothers.

And on Saturday 25th May, the boys and specialist support workers Steph and Chynna travelled the three-hour journey from Norfolk to Strood in Medway, Kent.

The group braved the Groundshuttle, where they were taken for a spin in a purpose-built carriage mounted on the front of a JCB Telehandler as it rocked and rolled over the ridges and troughs gouged into the ground.

Support Workers Chynna and Steph with T and R on the Groundshuttle ride at Diggerland, Kent.

Support Workers Chynna and Steph with T and R on the Groundshuttle ride at Diggerland, Kent.

The brothers also took on the ‘Stack Attack’ challenge, designed to test concentration, hand–eye coordination, patience and reflexes from within a specially adapted, four-wheel-drive, AVANT 200 Series loader with a hydraulic boom fitted with a unique grapple. Working against the clock and within the confines of a 100-square-metre fenced enclosure, the challenge was to pick up, move and stack giant digger and dumper tyres without dropping them or knocking over the stack.

Credo Care’s R takes on the Stack Attack challenge, sitting behind the wheel of an Avant 200 series loader.

Credo Care’s R takes on the Stack Attack challenge, sitting behind the wheel of an Avant 200 series loader.

T and R seized the opportunity to sit behind the controls of real, full-size Komatsu PC14s as they tried to knock over skittles with a mini wrecking ball.

Brothers T and R sit at the controls of real, full-size Komatsu PC14s as they try to knock over skittles with a mini wrecking ball.

Brothers T and R sit at the controls of real, full-size Komatsu PC14s as they try to knock over skittles with a mini wrecking ball.

The pair donned wacky helmets and boarded all-electric Crazy Carts, spinning, performing ‘doughnut’ manoeuvres, and coasting at speeds of up to 20km per hour.

Credo Care’s T and R don wacky helmets and race in all-electric Crazy Carts.

Credo Care’s T and R don wacky helmets and race in all-electric Crazy Carts.

The highlight of the day for the pair, however, was the chance to sit behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Pajero. The brothers took turns to experience what Diggerland dubs a “joy ride”, racing the four-wheel-drive SUV round a 400-metre course.

Brothers R and T took turns driving a Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel-drive SUV.

Brothers R and T took turns driving a Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel-drive SUV.

Molly Walton, Assistant Marketing Manager at Diggerland’s head office, was quick to offer tickets for the boys and their chaperones when approached by Dream Maker Naomi:

“I was thrilled and honoured to arrange this day for the brothers from Credo Care, hoping to provide a truly unique and exciting experience at the Diggerland Kent park.

At Diggerland, we recognise the importance of providing access and facilities for all our guests. It was a pleasure to invite this group to enjoy a day using a variety of different real, full-sized construction machinery.”

Brother T and R relax on oversized Diggerland-themed deck chair after a long day.

Brothers T and R relax on oversized Diggerland-themed deck chair after a long day.

Steph, a specialist Support Worker with Credo Care, enjoyed accompanying T and R for the day:

“The boys had a great time. They were full of smiles and so proud of their achievements, especially driving the off-road jeep. It was a long but successful day and full of good memories.”

Support worker Chynna echoed Steph’s sentiments: “It was a great day – the boys had a super time!”

If you would like more information about this event or to learn more about Credo Care’s Dream Making initiative, please:

Carers with Credo Care can submit ideas and suggestions for their foster children’s dreams through our Credo Care Portal.