Centre gets £9k for new climbing wall

PUBLISHED: 16:01 07 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

MEPAL Outdoor Centre has been awarded £9,000 by Children in Need for an innovative new climbing wall. The grant will go towards a £25,000 project to create a new climbing wall for visitors, and the Children in Need money will be used to construct a part

MEPAL Outdoor Centre has been awarded £9,000 by Children in Need for an innovative new climbing wall.

The grant will go towards a £25,000 project to create a new climbing wall for visitors, and the Children in Need money will be used to construct a part of the wall for use with children and young adults with poor motor skills and limited co-ordination.

Centre manager David Savage said: "We hope to have it up and running by the spring bank holiday.

"It will be at quite a low level and so it will also have a general use for people who visit."

Mepal Outdoor Centre has also benefited from the introduction of a new, off-road wheelchair, funded in part by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

"We are very grateful to the council for this," Mr Savage said.

"It will allow greater access for people with disabilities to places like the sand dunes we have here and areas that would otherwise be inaccessible."

The American built off-road chair has larger wheels to tackle difficult terrain.

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