Grant for Disabled NE
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In March 2009, the Richard Henry Holmes Benevolent Fund approved a grant of £500 for Access for the Disabled North East based in North Shields. The grant has enabled them to take a number of their service users on day trips to 3 places of interest in the North East during the year.

Recently our Provincial Secretary received the following letter of thanks and photographs from them:


Access for the Disabled North East

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Freemasons Of Northumberland
Provincial Grand Secretary
Neville Hall,
Westgate Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne

13 January 2010

Dear Mr Hume

We are writing to give you an up to date account of what Access has achieved, using the grant donated by you and enclose photographs of one of our trips to Alnwick Gardens last year.

Your grant has enabled us to take a number of our service users on day trips to three places of interest last year.

We purchased rail tickets to Rothbury for our service users only to discover that Rothbury was an unmanned station and therefore no easy access was available. As this was an administrative error on behalf of the railway, taxis were made available to and from Rothbury, making this a very pleasant journey at no extra cost.

Everyone had a fantastic day.

We then made two separate day trips to Alnwick Gardens. Transport was via easy access coach taking five wheelchairs and 7/8 enablers.

The weather was good on both occasions and again, everyone had a fantastic day as the photographs reveal.

We have had very good feedback from our service users. One lady says she is living each day on the wonderful memories. Another says her life has changed immensely since joining Access; she was overjoyed on the journey to Alnwick, just seeing the scenery and the changing colours of the trees and then the gardens just made her day complete.

It makes one feel good to make a person happy by enabling them to do the ordinary things that we just take for granted.

We were hoping to organising trips to the Beamish Museum but discovered there were too many cobbles and not all events were wheelchair friendly.

However, we made three separate trips to Darlington Market for Christmas shopping and everyone had a very pleasant time.

Again, we would like to convey our sincere thanks for helping to make this possible.

We hope our endeavours meet with your approval.

Yours sincerely,

Dorothy Barron






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