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Project information

Driving for Change

We want wheelchair users and those with profound and complex disabilities to be able to access adventure activities such as caving, climbing and canoeing. To do this we need to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle so that everyone, no matter their ability, can achieve through adventure.

January 2019 - January 2028

Charity information: Bendrigg Trust

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  • Need


    Adventure activities such as caving, canoeing and climbing are becoming increasingly inclusive thanks to adaptive techniques, trained instructors and specialist equipment. However for people who require the use of a wheelchair, the first obstacle to taking part in these activities is often transport - how do they get to the activity venue? Accessible vehicles suitable for wheelchair users, that can also cope with rural activity sites (often along rough, uneven tracks) are vital.


    We seek to purchase an accessible vehicle which can accommodate 2 wheelchair users. This will replace an accessible car that was gifted to Bendrigg over a decade ago and is now unreliable and costly to maintain. Currently, Bendrigg Trust can accommodate 14 wheelchair users at our centre however we only have the ability to transport 13. The new vehicle will increase the number of wheelchair users we can transport - meaning that everyone can enjoy adventurous activities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase an accessible vehicle capable of transporting two wheelchair users to activity venues.


    » We hope to purchase an appropriate vehicle in early 2019 and expect that this will benefit wheelchair users at Bendrigg for at least a decade.

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by having purchased an appropriate vehicle and for it to be in use by mid-2019.

    Aim 2

    To challenge perceptions of disability by supporting more disabled people to take part in activities


    » Promote and make inclusive activities more visible by taking people with disabilities to adventure activity venues throughout the North West

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by the number of people with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users, that we support

    Aim 3

    To develop the confidence, self-esteem and mental health of individuals with a disability


    » Provide inclusive adventure activities for people of all abilities to challenge themselves and be all that they can be

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown through improved self-worth, independence and attitudes of our users. This is recorded through post-course evaluations and case studies

  • Impact


    An accessible vehicle will support people with disabilities for at least the next decade - providing opportunities for them to try activities they never dreamt possible because of their disability or disadvantage. Success will be an increase in the number of wheelchair users we can support each year and an increased awareness of accessible activities. We will track new groups and individuals to Bendrigg and success will be at least 2 new groups with wheelchair users per annum


    There is very little risk associated with this project. The new vehicle will replace an existing vehicle and so maintenance costs are already factored into current budgets and will most likely decrease with the purchase of a newer, more reliable vehicle. The main risk is not raising the remaining funds required to purchase the accessible vehicle (total cost c. £30,000) however we have a fundraising strategy in place to ensure funds are secured from a variety of sources.


    At the end of the first year of use of the vehicle we will report on the number of beneficiaries the vehicle has supported and include case studies of the people who have benefitted. Photos will be provided of the new vehicle at various activity sites with our groups!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Accessible Vehicle Accessible vehicle capable of accommodating 2 wheelchair users

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual Donor £6,000 Guaranteed
    Local Rotary Clubs £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Bendrigg Trust is based out of our residential centre at Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria. This project will include taking individuals to activity sites throughout the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks as well as occassionally further afield (e.g. on adult expeditions to Scotland or the south coast of England).


    Bendrigg supports ~3,500 people annually of which ~2,500 have a disability or face disadvantage and ~1,000 are teachers, carers, family members or volunteers offering support. The majority of the disabled people we support are young (up to 25 years old) although we do offer courses for adults as well. Most of our users are from areas of deprivation or experience disadvantage in some way. We expect the vehicle to last at least a decade and support tens of thousands of people in that time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bendrigg Trust is one of the leading outdoor disability specialists in the country, constantly striving to pioneer and promote inclusive and innovative ideas. Over the past 40 years, 83,500 people with disabilities, supported by 32,500 leaders, carers and volunteers, have worked together to not only develop the confidence, self-esteem and mental health of individuals but to bring about a greater awareness and understanding of the needs of others.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Liley

    Bendrigg Trust Principal - overall supervision of the project

    Jonny Wolfendale

    Bendrigg Trust Tutor in charge of accessible vehicles

    Sarah Garman

    Bendrigg Trust Fundraiser - promoting the project and securing remaining funds