Camps & Holidays
you have had trouble finding a suitable destination for your holiday.
Perhaps you are limited due to mobility or just don’t feel comfortable
going to a resort where you are surrounded by slim youngsters in micro
costumes. We want to hear of the best resorts, hotels, apartments, transport
companies etc that you have found round the globe (including of course
here in Britain) that have in some way catered for the “bigger”
tourist – this can be anything from larger beds through to making
you feel as special and relaxed as a holiday should.
friendly hotels like Freedom Paradise in Cancun are starting to open up
to meet demand. For young people summer
camps are increasingly popular and yet the need in the UK is far outstripping
the demand. As we hear from more of them we will bring their details to
International Camp is a weight loss camp for children in the UK.
This is what they have to say about their concept.
" Carnegie International Camp’s unique approach to helping
children manage their weight effectively is a result of over 15
years of experience in delivering treatment programmes for overweight
children, which has been strongly supported by clinical research.
At the heart of the programme is a belief in creating an environment
that is supportive and engaging, where children receive individual
attention and are encouraged to have fun, make friends, learn new
skills and be successful.
Our team are specialised in the areas of obesity, health, physical
education, exercise science, nutrition and child development ensuring
a safe, effective and fun experience for every child. The camp is
also supported by an advisory committee with expertise
in medicine, psychology, nutrition and obesity.
The residential Camp is based in the North of England at Woodhouse
Grove School. Screened by woods, the 70 acre campus sits in the
broad Aire Valley . To achieve the long term benefits from the camp
programme we ideally like children to stay for the full duration.
However, we acknowledge this may be difficult and are happy for
children to stay for a shorter period. The minimum residential stay
allowed is two continuous weeks.
Day places are available for children who live within commuting
distance of Woodhouse Grove School. Details of the day places are
available in a separate application form. Please call (0113) 283
2600 ext 5233 for more information.
For more information contact :CARNEGIE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education
Leeds Metropolitan University
Tel: +44 (0) 113 283 2600 ext 5233
Fax: +44 (0) 113 283 6145
offers the same service to all passengers, and do not have specific policies
in place for larger passengers. However as Easyjet have a free seating policy,
we recommend that if you want the best choice of seats on board the aircraft
you check in early. This means the first 30 people to check in board the
aircraft first, and choose where they sit. It then follows 31 - 60, 61-90,
then all remaining passengers board.
We contacted some of the major airlines and airports
regarding their policies on seat sizes, facilities and how they
were viewing the longer term of dealing with the fact that as a
nation we are getting bigger. Summer is the busiest time for flights
and we know that airlines have to get as many seats as they can
on an aircraft to keep competitive, but how does this actually relate
to the larger traveller?
know that travel can present real problems for people who have either
mobility issues as a result of their weight or the most common problem
of seat sizes. We hope very much to include an informative and accurate
portrayal of what airlines current facilities are, in particular
with indication to seat width and leg room for bigger people and
what other assistance or development plans they have or may consider
adopting to deal with the increase in passenger size.
date the comments we have received.
Airports Authority BAA. As
the airport operator we undertake a lot of work to ensure the airport
is accessible for all, and that the infrastructure and services
are in place to allow ease of access and comfort for all passengers.
with all our are passengers who require special needs assistance,
the airport is able to provide transportation for "bigger"
their point of arrival at the airport, to the check-in desks. This
is either provided in the form of wheelchair provision of motorised
buggies. There are help points located in the car parks, station
and terminal forecourts where passengers can telephone for assistance,
or this can be pre-booked in advance before arriving at the airport.
From check-in to the aircraft boarding gate, passengers must check
with their airline for provision of transport if required
planning goes in to making sure signage around the airport is designed
to meet the line of vision for all passengers, so this takes into
count particularly tall or short people. Also, consideration is
given to the seating areas in the terminals, and these are designed
to ensure they can be comfortably used by passengers of all sizes.
The overall design of the airport is such that it is able to withstand
the wear and tear of some 30 million passengers a year travelling
trough it. There can be up to 8,000 passengers travelling through
one terminal alone in just one hour, so the infrastructure is designed
to meet this intense use.
is something which is under continuous review, looking at ways in
which we can improve services and facilities at the airport to make
their journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. “
EasyJet aircraft have 149 seats, set out in rows of 3 and 3. The seat pitch
is 29" - 31inches. If a passengers requires two seats, they would need
to be purchased at the current rate. “
Customers who wish to purchase an extra seat for their
own comfort can do this when they book their flights. Reservations will
advise the customer
the approximate dimensions of seats in all classes and if, after discussion
with the customer, the reservations agent feels that an Economy seat would
hinder the customers' comfort, will recommend the customer purchases a
seat in a higher class of service - premium economy or Upper Class. This
a less expensive option than two seats in Economy Class and will be more
comfortable for the customer.”
thanks to those who replied to our request and we await more input from
other airlines – but do you think what they are offering is enough?
If airlines have to increase the size of seats to improve comfort would
you be willing to pay more for your tickets? If not what would you suggest
they can do to help?