Posted: 12th April 2017

Bendrigg Trust, a charity that organises inclusive outdoor activities for disabled and disadvantaged people, received a grant of £40,000 to help make their centre more wheelchair accessible.

This grant will allow the charity to install a series of hoists in the bedrooms, bathrooms, games room and lounge in its new accommodation block so that the facility will become fully accessible to people in wheelchairs.

The Trust provides exciting outdoor activities to disadvantaged and disabled people, including canoeing, caving, climbing, archery, zip-lining and abseiling. These activities aim to boost confidence and encourage people to reach their potential.

The new hoists, which will be fitted to six additional bedrooms, will allow more than 100 extra wheelchair-users to visit the Trust every year. Until now, only two bedrooms had hoists, meaning many wheelchair users who applied to visit were turned away

Nick Liley, Principal of the Bendrigg Trust said:

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Freemasons, we will be able to support more people with profound and severe disabilities to access these transformational opportunities. This includes many more wheelchair-users meaning Bendrigg is truly inclusive.”

Keith Beaumont, a Freemason local to the Bendrigg Trust which is based in Cumberland and Westmorland, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help make sure that people in wheelchairs are able to fully access all the exciting activities that the Bendrigg Trust provides. It’s a wonderful place and should be open to everyone.”

About the Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust, based near Kendal in Cumbria, is an outdoor centre which helps people with disabilities, and those facing disadvantage, to have amazing adventure opportunities. Providing a wide range of adventure activities and residential opportunities, Bendrigg Trust promotes independence, encourages inclusion and increases self-esteem. No matter what a person’s abilities, they are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.