|Title ID||7081||Collection ID||985|
|Title||[Children from Ockenden Venture: Adam]|
|Keywords||Children Charities Sport Play Food Swimming Domestic Gardens|
|Duration||3 min. 33 sec.|
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A young boy living in an Ockenden home plays tennis and goes swimming in 1984.
A young boy, aged five or six, plays tennis on a tennis court with a young woman, surrounded by countryside. He swims in a garden swimming pool, diving in from the edge. He eats from a plate of food in a conservatory, poking his tongue out and laughing at the camera.
Ockenden Venture was founded in Woking, Surrey in 1951 by teachers Joyce Pearce OBE, Ruth Hicks and Margaret Dixon in aid of displaced Eastern European children after WW2. It aimed “to provide for their maintenance, clothing, education, recreation, health and general welfare.” Further houses in Haselmere and Donnigton Hall near Derby were soon acquired. Eight new houses were opened after World Refugee Year (1959-1960) increased charitable donations. Ockenden opened twenty five centres in response to the crisis in Vietnam, accepting the ‘boat people’ after the government decided to accept Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the invasion of China in 1979. Joyce Pearce died in 1985 after over thirty years of work. Ockenden International focuses its efforts on overseas projects.