In 2016 thanks to the kindness and generosity of the employees at Midleton Distillery, their on-site charity partners; The Cork Association for Autism (CAA) were able to launch an outdoor fitness facility at their Crobally Campus, Mogeely. Due to the sensory nature of Autism many adults affected by ASD in our community are unable to avail of a mainstream fitness facility due to the various associated sounds and structures. The introduction of an alternative fitness facility addresses this issue and allows the people availing of the services offered at the Crobally Campus to lead a heathier & more active lifestyle that we should all be entitled to, regardless of disability.

The charity are today delighted to announce the expansion of this facility to include the introduction of interactive play equipment to ensure that the specific fitness needs of all those availing of the services at the centre are met. The addition of this equipment was kindly funded by the IPB Community Engagement Fund and the grounds preparation and installation was supported by the hardworking Midleton Distillery employees.
The Crobally Centre provides a range of services to adults on the Autism Spectrum, including, Residential Care, Respite Facilities and a Day Service Programme. Carol Walsh, Fundraising Coordinator at the Cork Association for Autism says:

‘The outdoor fitness and interactive play equipment has been a huge hit with the people who avail of services at the campus, it’s now used on a daily basis and has had multitudinous benefits on the Service Users. Improving overall health and fitness levels, increasing peer to peer socialisation and interaction, an increased improvement in motor function and overall improved mental wellbeing - To name just a few. We are truly grateful for the support of the IPB Community Engagement Grant for supporting the latest addition to the centre and the employees at the Midleton Distillery for their ongoing hard work, volunteering and fund raising.”

The employees at the Midleton Distillery have participated in a number of fundraising drives throughout the year to raise funds to support the cost of introducing a Sensory Garden to the campus. The garden is due to be completed in September. We are looking forward to seeing the new garden and extend our congratulations to all involved.