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Pair Mark National Changing Place Day With Long Trek

24 July 2016

To mark National Changing Places Day on July 19, Accessible Derbyshire founders Jane Carver and Gillian Scotford hosted a charity ride from Cromford to the Proact using all-terrain wheelchairs.

The pair set off from Cromford on Boma 7 All Terrain Wheelchairs at 10.15am and arrived at the Proact at around 3.30pm, travelling through the Peak District and Matlock Bath on their journey. They stopped off en route to enjoy lunch at Darwin Forest. 

The home of the Spireites was used to raise awareness of the Changing Places facility at the stadium. 

Gillian said: "The Proact has incredible facilities that allow families to stay together when they come and watch the football. 

“If they need to use the facilities because they cannot stand up, then they can use these toilets at any time and they are fantastic. We just wanted to highlight that they existed.”

Changing Places feature hoisted toilets with adult changing benches, which are really important to the disabled community. Chesterfield, Derbyshire and the Peak District have got 24 Changing Places, including the facility at the Proact.

Commenting on their journey through the Peak District, Gillian added: “The journey was really nice, taking in the incredible scenery thorough the Peak District. 

“The start through Cromford and Matlock Bath was tough and then through Chesterfield with the traffic, but the rest of the journey was glorious. It is so peaceful and so relaxing. All you have to do with the Boma 7 is turn one wrist and it goes. 

“It is so pleasurable on the wheelchairs. We looked at it and thought that we couldn't do it, but in reality absolutely anyone can do it. We want to take on a few more challenges using the Boma 7 because it is such fun. 

“People can actually hire them. We have two in the Peak District, one at Hoe Grange holidays and the other at Parsley Hay, so people can actually go back and use the wheelchairs for themselves on our trails.

“A gentleman named Will, who broke his neck, has one of these wheelchairs, which he controls by just moving his chin. He operates it purely by that touch technique. He climbs mountains in the wheelchair and he has actually climbed Snowdon. He goes down steps, through snow, beaches, absolutely anything. The more testing the terrain, the better. 

Accessible Derbyshire was formed in 2014 with the aim of improving disabled access around the county to improve the lives of disabled people, their families, friends and carers living in or visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District.

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