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Great North Run -
Sunday 18th September
- if you are interested to
run or help out - please
contact us.
Introduce a group of 10
to K - October-March
and win a free place for
yourself (Mon-Fri or
We require a sponsor to
hire three additional
height adjustable beds
(May & August) - cost
£92 each.
Kepplewray challenges exclusion and is founded on
a commitment to bring disabled and non-disabled
people together as equal partners.
The project provides an inclusive activity, education
and holiday centre for families, individuals and groups.
Through training programmes in Disability Issues and
Access Auditing it promotes the ethos of inclusion to
the statutory, voluntary and business sectors.
Kepplewray is in the South West of the Lake District
National Park.
Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6HE
Tel: 01229 716936 Fax: 01229 716938
What do the following,
Broughton organisations
have in common?
Youth Club
Methodist Church
Kepplewray Primary School
St Mary's Church
The Old King's Head
Drama Group
St John Ambulance Cadets
They are all users of
Broughton Community
Transport, now in its third
year of operation.
In Summer 2001, following the
loss of its Land Rover in a
dramatic fire, K approached
the local community
suggesting a joint venture of a
". . . fully accessible minibus
for the people of Broughton
and surrounding parishes."
December 2001 saw a steering
committee set up and a
meeting with Voluntary Action
Cumbria, closely followed in
April 2002 by the first public
meeting. Reassured by K's
agreement to the day-to-day
management, the idea of a
community mini-bus was
eagerly accepted, an
application for grant aid from
the Countryside Agency
followed and by October 2002
an order placed for a suitable
vehicle . . .
Broughton Community
Transport was born!
Many meetings, much
discussion, necessary policies
in place, grants from The
Frieda Scott, The Hadfield and
The Agnes Dixon Trusts, a logo
design agreed upon, several
people successfully MIDAS
trained, essential for
prospective drivers . . .
BCT was up and running!
Oh yes, I forgot to mention one
small matter!
The long-awaited mini-bus
arrived, in all its shining glory,
in July 2003.
Since then, the bus has been
used for ­ "daffodil drives" a
chance for 87 year old Sally
Walker, a wheelchair user, fully
dependent on accessible
transport to revisit favourite
haunts ­ Youth Club outings,
ice-skating trips and regular
journeys to nearby Kirkby by
Crusaders to meet up with a
similar group. BCT has
opened up new opportunities
for many locals.
Beryl Hollowell, a staunch
supporter from the outset,
urges others to take
advantage of this facility. She
herself drives the mini-bus,
"MIDAS training is nothing to
be afraid of. It's easier than
driving a car!"
· 4 hours training,
appropriate to mini-bus
· 1 hour disability
awareness training
· 1 hour practising using
the passenger lift
That's all it takes, anyone can
do it!!
And the future?
Plans are in hand to purchase
a trailer, capable of carrying
cycles or camping equipment,
thus increasing the activity
options available to hire
Rising from
the ashes . . .
Kirsten Kelley - Instructor
Marian Acott - Cook
Daniel Staples - Placement
Stephen McIlhenny - Instructor

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