Jerusalem Farm boosted by state of the art Tramper scooter

Edward Ashman, countryside officer, at Jerusalem Farm, Booth. Edward has won a �7,500 grant to buy a new disabled buggy for children to explore the site.
Edward Ashman, countryside officer, at Jerusalem Farm, Booth. Edward has won a �7,500 grant to buy a new disabled buggy for children to explore the site.

Disabled children will be able to get around Jerusalem Farm easier after the council won a £7,500 grant.

The centre in the Calder Valley provides a place for families to enjoy short breaks in a specially adapted former barn.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Department for Education through its Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, the farm will be home to a brand new mobility scooter.

The ‘Tramper’ buggy will allow children to travel across a wide range of terrains to parts of the farm which until now had remained inaccessible to wheel chair users.

The Tramper is designed to be used by just one person, but staff at Jerusalem are having it adapted to carry a driver and a passenger, to help those who don’t have the manual dexterity required to operate it alone.

Countryside officer Edward Ashman said the footpaths at farm, which has now seen around £250,000 of investment and was opened last September, were also being improved.

“It’s about getting better access to all parts of the farm and we’re always improving that,” he said.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, Cllr Megan Swift, said the Tramper will make Jerusalem Farm an even more attractive destination for the families of children with disabilities.

“Jerusalem Farm is already a wonderful destination, providing families with a place where they can enjoy a well-earned break together in specially adapted accommodation.

“The Tramper will help disabled children and young people the opportunity to visit even more of the site and enjoy their visits to the full.”

The buggy is expected to be ready next month.