Cash boost for walking harness

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A CHARITY is hoping to raise £6,000 for a ‘walking harness’ which will help give disabled people more independence in the area.

The mobility aid, which will be based at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough, will allow partially-sighted people and wheelchair users to walk and dance without the use of a wheelchair.

A sponsored Yorkshire Three Peaks walk in August by staff at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre has so far helped raise money for the device, with a total of £700 raised so far.

One of the people who will benefit from the harness is 24-year-old wheelchair user and Boston Spa resident Daisy Wray.

Daisy, who has learning difficulties, attends the centre three days a week taking part in music and fitness sessions.

Sharon Dopson, Daisy’s carer, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on August 24 in under 12 hours in order to raise money for the device.

She said: “This device will give Daisy and others more freedom of movement and will add another dimension to her quality of life.

“I am so excited that this is coming for them.”

The total cost of installing the device is around £6,000, Sharon said.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have given their support so far. The device will be of great benefit to Daisy and her friends and it will also be the only one available for hiring out for dance and physical movement sessions.

“We are now hoping that more locals will come forward with fundraising events and ideas to help raise the next £5,300.”

For further information on the device and future sponsorship or fundraising activities call Sharon Dopson on 01937 529429 or Daisy’s mum, Vicky Thomas on 01937 845813.

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre, offers a variety of opportunities and support for blind people.

The Arts and Crafts Centre is part of Henshaws – a charity that offers practical support and services to people of all ages living with sight loss, learning difficulties and additional disabilities.