The concept began from a conversation between Dr. David Cooper (Founder of Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham) and Carla Ronson (Sam’s Mum) after Sam sadly passed away at the age of 9 in 2007. He had become one of the real characters attending Brian House; always positive, never giving up and wanting to try every opportunity afforded to him.
With renewed determination, the trustees and volunteers never gave up the hope that Sam’s memory would be preserved in a concept which would help young people and their families like his.
It is at this point the trustees heard about RISE and WEP. The opportunities given to the young people in our locality through this very niche and specialised project fits exactly the sort of objectives Sam’s Place had hoped.
With this in mind, our vision is to create a venue of opportunity not otherwise available to our most vulnerable young people and their families. A concept that Sam would have definitely agreed to with his remarkable zest for life and the philosophy that EVERYONE has the capacity to do their very best.
So, a new and exciting partnership has been developed with the intention that RISE & WEP @ Sam’s Place will have its own permanent venue and thus provide many social opportunities and life skill experiences for young people in our locality with different abilities.
Chair of the Board of Trustees