Centre gets £9k for new climbing wall

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."


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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.

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"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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