About Cardiff Bay Rotary

Community Project - Special Needs Kids Day Out

Our longest serving project, which we have supported since it started 25 years ago.

Lady Grantchester, of the Moore’s family and owners of Littlewoods, suggested to the Rotary Club where she lived, that they take disadvantaged children on a day out. So the Kingston Rotary Club and local Littlewoods store organised an outing for 200 children to Thorpe Park.

The day was so successful that Lady Grantchester offered a one off grant to any Rotary Club willing to take part in a similar event on the 2ndWednesday in June. Overnight 800 Rotary Clubs from all over the UK joined in and the National Rotary Kids Out Day was created. It immediately became the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK, with tens of thousands of children taken out on the second Wednesday every June.

Each year we take between 250 and 300 children and their carers from three Special Needs Schools in Cardiff for this special day away from it all. The past few years have been spent at St Fagan’s but trips have also included Margam Park, Techniquest, Barry Island and the Severn Valley Railway.

Last year 25,000 children benefited from this special project.