Disabilities no barrier to fun
HUNDREDS of people headed to Riverside Park for a very special fun day.
The day was organised by the Bollin Valley Partnership to give people with disabilities the opportunity to try a range of outdoor activities without any pressure or fear of being judged. The annual event, which has been running for 27 years, included rock climbing, horse riding, craft workshops, samba drumming and archery, with organisations coming down specifically to show guests what they could achieve.
Around 250 people attended the event, which included snacks donated by Tesco and music from a samba band.
Emma Houghton, community projects officer, said: “It went really well considering the forecast wasn’t great and it was a bit soggy underfoot, so not good for wheelchair users.
“It was brilliant. Every- one enjoyed it and had big smiles on their faces all day. It’s to give people an idea of what they can do in the countryside. They may not have the confidence to try different countryside activities.”
The event is grant funded with the help of sponsors, including Beech Hall School, Tesco and Magpie Arts Group.
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