Converted Hope Valley barn for wheelchair users

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FORMER England under-21 rugby player Matt Hampson - left paralysed after a scrum collapsed on top of him - has opened a converted barn today aimed at wheelchair users.

The Room for All Seasons facility in the Hope Valley is a one-storey converted barn designed with the wheelchair user in mind, having adjustable-height kitchen facilities, space to move around in the open-plan kitchen, a specialist bedroom and wet room, and a bedroom area and en-suite for carers.

It is the vision of Vivienne Howson, the owner of Lane End Farm at Abney in the Hope Valley, who was left with spinal chord injuries in a car crash.

Five years ago her nephew also suffered spinal cord injuries from a road accident which left him paralysed. She said: “It’s so young people who have suffered spinal injuries can go to a friendly place where they can move about and connect with nature, connect with family and friends - to see the challenges that they are going to face.

It’s called ‘Room for All Seasons’ because it is different for every young person who has a spinal injury. We want to give them that one short experience to get their heads together, and they can always come back.

“The opening this weekend is an opportunity to thank all those involved with this wonderful facility and to celebrate the beginning of a promising future for the facility.”

n For further details, visit www.laneendfarmtrust.co.uk