Claire & Sam
Activity Station was set up in January 2014 by Claire Eaves and Sam Hurst, who both live in the London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames and are passionate about supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Their combined experience, gained from caring for their disabled sons and working with people who have disabilities, is over 35 years.
Before having a family, Claire was a producer in an Advertising agency and volunteered in her free time for an organisation called ‘Share a Family’ in Wandsworth, giving respite to families with disabled children. Whilst having her own family she continued her voluntary work with Homestart (supporting families with children under 5) and Crofters (a club for disabled children in the London borough of Richmond) and was training to be a midwife when her son’s health deteriorated and was unable to continue. Claire now supports disabled people in their own homes all over London.
Sam is a qualified teacher and works in Further Education. She has over 8 years experience, teaching and supporting adults with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. Before teaching, Sam worked in IT Project Management in Financial Services.
To provide people with disabilities access to a range of fun and inclusive activities and social events in their local area that they can choose from.
We also aim to work with local and national organisations, including charities to ensure that their experience and expertise, of working and helping people with disabilities, is passed on to Activity Station activities and social events wherever possible.
Co- founder, Claire Eaves, wished her disabled son Ned could attend local sports camps just like his brothers did in the school holidays.
Ned was the inspiration behind Claire’s idea to set up activities for people with disabilities. After chatting to Sam Hurst (whose son Jed has severe learning difficulties) about her idea, they got together in January 2014. They organised and ran a very successful sensory screening of ‘Madagascar’ at Olympic Studios in February 2014 and a Drama Workshop run by Dramatize at Castlenau Community Centre in April 2014. They also planned a sports programme for people with disabilities at Barn Elms Sports Trust (BEST) to be run by coaches from Richmond Inclusive Sports and Exercise (RISE) in August 2014. So Activity Station began.
In June 2014 Ned, aged 20, suddenly and tragically died from an epileptic seizure whilst out with his friends at a centre in the New Forest. Much loved by everyone, he has left a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends. He was a fine young man, with the most wonderful smile and sense of fun, and lived life to the full, despite his disabilities.
Ned loved sport and often used the running track at Barn Elms to cycle on his adapted tricycle during the school holidays. BEST have commissioned an accessible path which has been opened in Ned’s memory. The path is available to use from September 2015, enabling wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties easy access from the Club house to the running track. Ned’s parents have donated his beloved trike to Activity Station which is available to use at BEST. To find out more please contact BEST on 0208 876 9503.
Ned is the WHY behind Activity Station, and everything we do is dedicated to his memory. He is the reason for our determination, commitment and passion in providing activities and social events for people with disabilities.
We hope you find our activities of interest and we welcome any feedback. If you wish to make a donation to Activity Station please click on the DONATE button at the top of the page.
We also aim to work with local and national organisations, including charities to ensure that their experience and expertise is passed on to Activity Station activities and social events wherever possible.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and both currently volunteer our spare time to Activity Station.