No fear of mine!

20th Aug 2013

Heathcotes Wakefield residents Joanne and Jason have recently enjoyed a day out to the National Coal Mining Museum, supported by members of staff from the home.  Looking at old photographs, exhibits, displays and mining memorabilia, Joanne and Jason were keen to explore as they took an educational trip through the ages of mining from the 1800's to the present day at the museum in Overton, West Yorkshire.

For Joanne however, the day was memorable for more than one reason, as whilst at the museum, Joanne found the courage to overcome her fear of confined spaces.  With lots of encouragement from Jason, and supported by staff member Lynn, Joanne faced her fears head on as she not only stepped into a lift, but then proceeded to descend 140m underground into a mine shaft (a comparable distance being the height of the Blackpool Tower!).  This was an enormous accomplishment for Joanne, who has faced numerous challenges in her life as a result of her fear of confined spaces.

Home Manager, Rich McGill said, 'Simply stepping into the small lift took a great deal of courage for Joanne, so the fact that she then travelled in it for quite some distance is incredible!  We are all really proud of Joanne for finding the strength to overcome her fear and hope that new opportunities will be available to her as a result of her acheivement'.


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