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Local MP backs the “Big Push” to make Derbyshire Accessible

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins is getting behind a new and innovative local charity – Accessible Derbyshire – by bringing them to Parliament this week.Accessible Derbyshire’s aim is to improve the lives of disabled people, their friends, families and carers in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Their latest campaign is called “The Big Push” and its goal, over the next two years, is to make the Peak Park and Derbyshire the most accessible National Park for disabled people in the country.

On Wednesday 28 January, Toby Perkins is bringing the Accessible Derbyshire team to Parliament to meet other MPs from across the country and political spectrum.  He is hosting a drop in session in the afternoon with all MPs invited to pop by when they can to meet the team, learn more about the project and have their photograph taken with some campaign materials.

00010_brynphot_toby_perkins_mp_IMG_7273Toby Perkins said: “Chesterfield is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural areas in the whole country.  These stunning sites belong to us all and so I’m delighted to play any role I can in opening up the Peak District to everyone, regardless of their background or mobility issues.

“Accessible tourism is worth an estimated £12.4 billion pounds in the UK, so opening up these area can also make a big difference to our local economy.”

Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver, who co-founded the charity in Chesterfield said: “We have six children between us, three of whom are severely disabled. Caring for them over the years means that we know only too well the difficulties and challenges that disability brings when trying to enjoy all that our beautiful part of the world has to offer – and we decided to do something about it!

“We are already working in partnership with the Peak Park authority, Visit Peak District, Visit England, Visit Britain, the National Trust, English Heritage, the World Heritage sites, Derbyshire County Council and other local councils, the Youth Hostel Association, local schools and businesses.

“We believe that those who increase their accessibility not only improve the lives of disabled people, their friends, families and carers: they also make a difference to their economy.  In short, improving access makes economic as well as well being the right thing to do.”

Toby added: “I know that Gillian and Jane are phenomenal campaigners, having raised over £1.25 million for good causes in our area over the years so I’m sure their latest campaign will be a success.”

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