Pictured at Settle Station: Debbie North driving a TGA WHILL powerchair. Behind Debbie (from left to right): Steve Glibbery and Daniel Stone from TGA; John Kitching and Lisa Maloney from Northern Rail; Joanne Oakey and Katie Chesworth from Settle-Carlisle Railway.

Mobility scooter specialist TGA supported influential rambler and wheelchair user Debbie North to launch her charity Access the Dales at the TV-famous farm of Clive and Amanda Owen last weekend.

The inaugural Yorkshire Dales Accessible Festival, which began on 2nd April and is set to finish on 10th April 2022 has included the launch of the new charity at Ravenseat in Richmond, the home of Channel 5’s TV programme Our Yorkshire Farm.

Despite having a spinal condition and walking difficulties, Debbie remains mobile and independent by using manual and powered wheelchairs. She is also able to confidently ramble across the stunning Yorkshire countryside thanks to all-terrain mobility vehicles.

According to Debbie, the new charity Access the Dales aims to: ‘‘break down the barriers that prevent people living with disabilities enjoying the great outdoors either independently or with their friends and family.”

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Alongside campaigning for change, Access the Dales will be helping to provide all-terrain mobility vehicles for hire in several locations in the National Park.

Working with the local authority and manufacturers such as TGA, Access the Dales will initially manage four ‘Hubs’ where wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters will be available to borrow free of charge.

The Hubs will be located at Ravenseat Farm in Richmond, Settle Station, ‘Cottage in the Dales’ in Newbiggin and Hill Top Farm, near Malham.

WHILL powerchairs, Minimo Plus mobility scooters and wheelchairs from TGA will be available at Settle Station and ‘Cottage in the Dales’.

The charity Access the Dales has been created as a legacy to Debbie’s late husband Andy North who passionately shared her love of the great outdoors.

Together they blogged for many years about their accessible adventures in the Yorkshire Dales and were dedicated enablement ambassadors. Tragically, local deputy headteacher Andy passed away last year following a short battle with cancer which compelled Debbie to set up the charity in memory of his commitment to accessibility.

Access the Dales is supported by many organisations including TGA, Yorkshire Dales National Park and Northern Rail. The charity is also proud to have Paralympian Rachel Morris MBE as its ambassador and patron Amanda Owen, TV star of ‘Our Yorkshire Farm.’

Debbie’s relationship with TGA is important for the success of Access the Dales as she explains: “Andy’s last wish was for me to raise funds to purchase an all-terrain mobility vehicle for local disabled children to use.

“I raised over £16,000 which was the start of Access the Dales. Since then the charity has gone from strength-to-strength thanks to the support of companies such as TGA. Their kind donation of wheelchairs and scooters for tourists to use is hugely appreciated and will ensure everyone can enjoy a great day out, whatever their capabilities.

“TGA shares my inclusive vision and their relationship with Northern Rail has only added to the awareness we are all achieving. Starting with our festival which celebrates accessibility across the Dales, I believe by working together we can make a huge difference to everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.”

TGA Mobility is a provider of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, including the recently launched Scoozy. It also aims to enable more people through its partnership with leading organisations such as Parkinson’s UK, Northern Rail and Lake District National Park.

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