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Duke of Edinburgh’s £20,000 grant from the Freemasons to set up challenge for disabled

Duke of Edinburgh’s £20,000 grant from the Freemasons to set up challenge for disabled

A pioneering challenge course is set to bring huge benefits to disabled people in Kirklees. The only one of its kind in the north of England, the course has been made possible by a £20,000 grant to the local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust. in West Yorkshire have donated the cash to create the facility at Little Deer Wood in Mirfield and both able-bodied and disabled people will be able to access the course. Sponsored by Howley Lodge in Batley, the grant will be used to fund the low-rope challenge course with a wheelchair-accessible path for the disabled to get to this and other facilities at the Little Deer Wood site. The course will be strung beneath trees with a series of linked challenges. It is designed to be environmentally friendly and as no concrete will be used, should last for many years. The ropes, wires and other elements that make up the obstacles are no more than 50cm from the floor but team members must remain off the ground as they negotiate the course. Courses like these are becoming more popular in the UK, but, there are only two which are totally accessible for able-bodied and disabled people.