Opening up the barn doors for holidays in the country

Ready for the great outdoors: the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, joins guests at the official opening of the newly converted centre
Ready for the great outdoors: the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, joins guests at the official opening of the newly converted centre

A CONVERTED barn which will offer disabled children the chance to enjoy short holidays has been officially opened.

Jerusalem Farm in the Calder Valley will give disabled children and their families the chance to stay over in the renovated barn amid the tranquil nature reserve, close to Booth Village.

The newly-converted barn was officially opened by the Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri, who cut a cake to mark the occasion.

The barn was specially adapted for families with disabled children after Calderdale Council secured funding from the Department for Education through its Aiming High for Disabled Children programme. Disabled children and young people and their families were involved in the design and development of the barn and a number of families have already enjoyed short breaks there.

Project

Councillor Fekri said the Jerusalem Farm barn was a special project which was allowing disabled children to experience the great outdoors.

He went on: “Thanks to the valuable input of disabled children and young people, and their parents and carers, we have been able to create something here .

“It will be of real benefit, giving families the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved break and spend valuable time together,” he said.

“We would also like to acknowledge the input from Calderdale Parents’ and Carers, Council who have supported this project.”