The Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre in Ilkley has received a donation of £6,000 to buy and install a new wheelchair swing for disabled children and adults who visit the centre.
The donation was made by Coun Joanne Dodds, former Lord Mayor of Bradford as part of her ‘Spread a Smile’ charity work. The cheque was received by Dan Goodey, head of centre at Nell Bank and Nicola Norris from the Specialist Inclusion Project.
Dan Goodey said “We are delighted to be given this money for a wheelchair swing. Nell Bank is committed to enabling disabled people take part in outdoor activities alongside their able bodied peers so a new wheelchair swing will be a great addition to our adventure playground. Donations like this make a huge difference to the centre and help us to keep adding new activities for our visitors so every trip can become even more exciting than the last.”
Coun Joanne Dodds said “We are pleased to be able to support Nell Bank again with a donation for the new wheelchair swing. Nell Bank is a fabulous resource for Bradford children and I am glad that we can bring a new piece of equipment to the centre which will benefit children and adults who use wheelchairs.”
Nicola Norris said: “the specialist Inclusion Project works in Partnership with Nell Bank to provide activities and short breaks for disabled children. A wheelchair swing is something children and families have been asking for for a long time, they will be so excited now that the centre is going to be getting one.”
Coun Imran Khan, Portfolio Holder for education, employment and skills, said: “Outdoor education provides a fantastic experience for young people. It’s great that the Council and the Nell Bank Trust can work in partnership to provide more facilities for the District’s young people thanks to this generous funding.”
Nell Bank provides day and residential activity programmes for all ages and abilities as well as weekend breaks for families with disabled children.