Access the Dales is a new charity with Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, as the patron that aims to help disabled children get around the Yorkshire Dales. They are set to provide all-terrain wheelchairs and audio trails for the visually impaired.
Created in the memory of keen rambler Andy North, who died in June 2021, the charity made an online appeal following his death raising more than £16,000 to buy an all-terrain wheelchair for children.
On top of all that, Mr North’s wife, Debbie, who also uses a wheelchair, said specialist mobility equipment has been donated and will be placed in various locations across the Yorkshire Dales National Park for people to use.
Mrs North said: “break down the barriers that prevent children with limited mobility enjoying the great outdoors either independently or with their friends and family”.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess launched a new initiative at Ravenseat Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. She said she was: “absolutely thrilled” about being asked to be the charity’s patron.
“All the family loved Andy and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate his life than by supporting Access the Dales – the charity set up in memory of a man who loved and walked the Yorkshire Dales,” she said.
“I am passionate about getting children outside, whatever their ability.”