A group of employees from Leyland Trucks completed “Born Survivor” and raised £2000 for Rainbow House.

The “Born Survivor” event is a fast and furious 10km of military training inspired mission. The course

features over 30 obstacles, gallons of mud and some awesome terrain near Manchester designed to

test physical and mental ability to the limit.

Matt Kersey, Chairman Leyland Trucks and Shane Christie, co-ordinator of the group recently visited

Rainbow House to present the cheque and meet some of the children and staff who will benefit

from the funds which, together with a £2,000 donation from Peter Lathom’s Charity, will be used to

provide over 100 hours of rebound therapy for children.

Shane Christie, Leyland Trucks, said, “Rainbow House is an incredible place which really opened my eyes

to see in reality and understand the mind-blowing work the team carry out daily to make the ‘impossible’

actually possible. The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person’s determination and

Rainbow House really do provide the children and young people with determination.”

Ben Blackman, CEO Rainbow House, said, “We were delighted to receive such fantastic donations and our

thanks go to all the group who participated in such a tough challenge with Leyland Trucks and also to Peter Lathom’s

Charity. Rebound Therapy has the potential to make a real difference to so many of the children we support and is

part of our plan to become a centre of excellence. The generosity of other organisations meant we were able to

purchase a rebound therapy trampoline and this donation means our staff who are trained in Rebound Therapy will

be able to begin delivering the service.”

Rebound Therapy was founded in 1969 and the term describes the use of trampolines to provide therapeutic

exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of special needs ranging from mild to severe physical


It is used to facilitate movement and to promote balance, increase or decrease in muscle tone, relaxation and

sensory integration. It improves fitness and exercise tolerance and can improve communication skills.

As a very popular activity for people with disabilities of virtually all kinds and for all ages, its benefits include

the development and improvement of strength of limbs, numeracy, patience, communication, co-ordination,

independence, self-confidence, balance, muscle tone, reaction speed, eye contact and stamina. And it’s fun!



Photo caption: l to r Matt Kersey, Leyland Trucks; Zara Rimmer; Scarlett Price; Rachel Holland;

Shane Christie, Leyland Trucks; Emma Parish, Community Fundraiser, Rainbow House

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