Dis­abil­i­ties no bar­rier to fun

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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.

●● David Clarke Wil­liams at the co­conut shy

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