Rebecca Byrne tells us about the difference a day can make to both the adults enrolled at Field of Dreams and to ourselves:

After two fantastic years with Cork Autism, the employees at Midleton Distillery voted Down Syndrome Cork Field of Dreams as our new site charity partner. The Field of Dreams is a fantastic new initiative with one simple goal – to help adults with Down syndrome realise their full potential with ongoing training, education, socialisation and lots of fun in a horticultural setting in Curaheen, Co. Cork.

In October last year, the hard-working team at Field of Dreams, along with parents and volunteers, helped to transform a 3-acre field into a series of gardens and training facilities. As our new site charity partner, Midleton Distillery is dedicated to help finish the existing gardens and expand new ones to make Field of Dreams a top-class facility for adults with Down syndrome. 

Our first visit was on Tuesday 22nd of May – a sunny and beautiful day. We arrived in Curaheen at 9:30am and everyone got stuck in straight away. A lot of preparation went into the day so that when we arrived the appropriate equipment, supplies, half casks and every other item under the sun was ready and waiting for us.

We were all kept very busy carrying out tasks such as hanging gates and fixing fences, filling raised beds (with a ­lot of topsoil and manure), mowing lawns, planting casks, weeding and helping construct the infrastructure for the new garden. By the end, the team found it hard to stop, so it is fantastic that this was only the first of many visits to the Field of Dreams.

The day ended with a special moment – several of the adults in education at the Field of Dreams each made a speech to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and we were delighted to take the opportunity to thank them and everyone at Down Syndrome Cork for the opportunity to develop a fantastic new relationship.

Rebecca Byrne