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VIDEO: Disabled can pioneer the Peaks in an off—road wheelchair

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Disabled people will have freedom to roam the Peak District like never before thanks to new technology.

Hoe Grange Holidays, near Brassington, has become the first holiday provider in the country to offer guests a Boma 7 off–road wheelchair.

The multi–award winning business has the all-terrain wheelchair for hire, giving disabled visitors a chance to experience the national park like never before.

David Brown, who runs Hoe Grange with his wife Felicity, said “The Boma 7 is great fun and whilst designed for the full time wheelchair user, it is equally suitable for those who just need a helping hand up the hills.”

Hoe Grange Holidays was able to get the wheelchair thanks to grant funding through LEADER in the Peak District Rural Action Zone, part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Not only is the Boma 7 available to guests, it can also be hired by local people to get around the beautiful countryside with ease.

David and Felicity are interested in hearing from disabled groups who might like to make use of the new equipment.

They are also keen to talk to any potential partner businesses, whose customers may benefit from using it.

The Boma 7 can be delivered to an address or collected from Hoe Grange, alternatively it can be delivered to a meeting point at the beginning of an excursion.

For more information please contact David or Felicity on 01629 540262 or visit www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk/accessibility.

‘Gobsmacked’ was the word used by one disabled person after trying out the new off road wheelchair.

Kaz Laljee was sceptical when he went to Hoe Grange Holidays, near Brassington, to try out the Boma 7.

The 34–year–old, of Manchester, suffers from MS and had not been able to go into the wilderness for more than ten years.

“I could go anywhere, it was amazing,” he said.

“It goes over grass, it goes over mud, it goes up and down curbs.

“It’s almost like a quad bike.”

Kaz is a member of Positive About MS, an organisation which supports people suffering from the condition.

He usually uses a mobility scooter to get out and about.

The owners of Hoe Grange Holidays, David and Felicity Brown, invited Kaz to try out the off-road wheelchair after meeting him at an exhibition in the NEC in Birmingham.

“I thought it would be good but not as good as it was,” he continued.

“I’ve heard of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, but you come to an area like this and if you are someone with a disability you don’t want to be pushed around.

“You can’t use your scooter on grass, it’s not made for that, but something like this makes you feel you can go at a walking pace and you can zoom out ahead if you want to and it was almost quite liberating.

“It’s quite good fun as well.”

Kaz said the Boma 7 was also easy to get in and out of without losing any dignity.

For more information on Positive About MS visit www.positiveaboutms.com

 

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