A new sensory facility for people with learning disabilities is all set to be launched after a charity grant of £1,000 through the 12 Days of Christmas campaign.
Accessible Derbyshire - a charity which helps families and groups organise accommodation and activities - has been given the money by good cause Help A Child Have A Chance.
The money will fund a new portable sensory set, which brings a room to life with fibre optic lights, bubbles and projected wall images.
It will be introduced at Lane End Farm Trust, a working farm at Abney in the Hope Valley, which supports disabled children and young people.
Accessible Derbyshire was set up by Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver, who have three children with disabilities.
Jane and Gillian hope to support fundraising projects that will make the countryside more accessible, and plan to roll out the concept throughout the country.
Gillian said: “In the past when someone required level access tourism the information could be extremely fragmented.
“Accessible Derbyshire provides information to allow people with disabilities, their families and carers who visit Derbyshire and the Peak District, to make informed choices.
“Our new website showcases the best accessible places and has 30 virtual tour videos of holiday accommodation and several properties have special equipment to make going on holiday much easier. Having sensory equipment that can be placed in these properties will make an extra special environment.”
Gillian said she and Jane were ‘so thankful’ for the money.
The Star has teamed up with Help A Child Have A Chance for the third year running to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.
Grants from the charity pot are awarded to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people who are vulnerable or in need of funding.
Trustee Shirley Kilner said: “Accessible Derbyshire is a fantastic charity making life easier for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
“We were delighted to award the money for the sensory space, and the equipment has a really calming effect on people with learning difficulties.”
n Visit www.helpachildhaveachance.org or www.accessiblederbyshire.org for more information.
See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.