This November, Disability Information Scotland was delighted to receive a donation from the Angus Disabled Ramblers. However, with this donation came some sad news; after 16 years of service, the group has made the difficult decision to close down. From its 16 successful years of walking in Scotland, the group would like to inspire others to get into walking and new groups to set up.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Angus group for their donation! We will continue to spread the word of rambling groups and sports societies for disabled people in Scotland.
Please see the letter we received from George Addison, Angus Disabled Ramblers, below:
It is with much sadness that Angus Disabled Ramblers (ADR) SC033637 has ceased to operate. Since its conception in 2012, it has been an outlet for persons with disabilities and volunteers to access the countryside and have fun.
The group averaged 12 day rambles per year and a 5 day holiday, usually to Badaguish Lodges near Aviemore. On rambles, members used mobility scooters, electric chairs and a few, usually those with sight impairments, walked with volunteers.
The favourite time of day was tea break where everyone mixed and shared stories of the “the good old days” when I was able to…….
The breaks were an integral part of the day to encourage mixing of the members and volunteers and share the baking skills of some members.
Sadly due to falling numbers and increasing costs, the group will cease to function. But I hope that this type of group can inspire others to have a go. If there’s a will, it’s amazing what can be achieved.
And there are plenty of volunteers out there who only need to be inspired to help others achieve their goals.