New charity aims to improve accessibility to the Yorkshire Dales

Charity founders And and Debbie North.

A new charity is being launched with the aim of improving accessibility to the Yorkshire Dales.

Access the Dales plans to provides all-terrain wheelchairs in various locations around the national park.

The charity also aims to create audio trails for people with visual impairment and develop and promote walks without stiles.

The charity was created in memory of Andy North, who sadly passed away in June 2021.

Andy and his wife Debbie, who is a wheelchair user, were both passionate about creating a countryside for all.

They loved rambling in the Yorkshire Dales together and if they were not at home, you would find them in the hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

Following Andy’s passing, a JustGiving account was set up to raise the money to purchase the first all-terrain wheelchair.

Donations came flooding in and over £16, 000 was raised.

The charity has also received donations of all-terrain vehicles and wheelchairs from TerrainHopper and TGA Mobility and have received a handcycle from the John Sinnon Trust.

These mobility scooters and chairs will be in various places around the dales for people to borrow.

H&H Insurance Brokers are also supporting the project by covering the cost of the vehicle insurance.

The charity will be launched on April 2 at Ravenseat Farm, in Swaledale, home of Dales farmer and TV celebrity Amanda Owen. Amanda has agreed to be patron of the charity.

For more information on the charity visit https://www.access-the-dales.com/events