Beautyspot is now open for all thanks to mobility buggy

The Tramper mobility scooter which will be used by Jerusalem Farm
The Tramper mobility scooter which will be used by Jerusalem Farm

Disabled children will be able to get around Jerusalem Farm easier after the council won a £7,500 grant.

The centre at Booth provides a place for families to enjoy short breaks in a specially adapted former barn.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Department for Education through its Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, the farm will be home to a brand new mobility scooter.

The Tramper buggy will allow children to travel across a wide range of terrains to parts of the farm which wre previously inaccessible to wheelchair users.

The Tramper is designed to be used by just one person, but staff are having it adapted to carry a driver and a passenger, to help those who don’t have the manual dexterity required to operate it alone.

Countryside officer Edward Ashman said the footpaths at the farm, which has now undergone around £250,000 of investment and was opened last September, were also being improved. “It’s about getting better access to all parts of the farm,” he said.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for children’s social care, Megan Swift, said the Tramper would make Jerusalem Farm an even more attractive destination for the families of children with disabilities. She said: “Jerusalem Farm is already a wonderful destination, providing families with a place where they can enjoy a well-earned break together in specially adapted accommodation.

“The Tramper will help disabled children the opportunity to visit even more of the site and enjoy their visits to the full.”

The buggy is expected to be ready next month.