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“The Big Push” launch – Accessible Derbyshire

December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014 - “The Big Push” launch – Accessible Derbyshire
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David and I were delighted to be part of the launch of "The Big Push", which is a two year project with the aim of making Derbyshire THE most accessible National Park in the country.

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David and Felicity with founders of Accessible Derbyshire, Jane and Gillian

At The Longshaw Estate we joined an excited crowd of people from many access organisations for the launch of "The Big Push" to highlight the work being done to make the Peak District National Park accessible to people with mobility, sight and hearing issues.

Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver set up the charity Accessible Derbyshire with the aim of improving the lives of disabled people, their families and carers. With three of their six children being disabled they understand first-hand the addedd complications of a day out in the Peak District, from needing "changing places" toilet facilities to easily accessible paths and off-road wheelchairs.

Gillian and JaneJane and Gillian are a dynamic duo full of enthusiasm and energy and a real force to be reckoned with. Their sights are set on raising money to make The Big Push project a success and to provide facilities to all who need a little extra help to enjoy our beautiful Peak District to the full.

The campaign, launched on International Day of People with Disabilities, will provide interactive training sessions on accessibility for a wide variety of organisations in Derbyshire and the Peak District, identifying with them how their access can be improved and then fundraising to provide the solution.

This two year project has the backing of the Tourist board, Visit Peak District, and the Peak District National Park as well as Visit England and Visit Britain to name but a few and we are delighted to be part of it with our wheelchair accessible holidays and our Boma 7 off-road wheelchair.

Accessible Derbyshire patron, Jim Dixon, along with representatives from Visit England, Hearing Loss Friendly, and the media spent a happy hour trying out the Boma 7's supplied by Molten Rock and ourselves Hoe Grange Holidays. People were amazed at just where they could go with ease, over some very bumpy terrain!

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Guests staying at Hoe Grange can take our Boma 7 for a spin up the farm fields and onto some rough tracks – a fun way to explore the countryside with friends and family. Best of all the off-road wheelchair travels at the right speed so you can chat with everyone along the way and share experiences.

I am sure you will hear more of this exciting "Big Push" project in 2015!

Felicity

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