Accessible Belper’s Chairperson, Siobhan Fennell, lives with MS and cannot move her body from the neck down. This week she was able to demonstrate the thinking behind the work of Accessible Belper by going Indoor Skydiving in Manchester.
Siobhan said “Accessibility isn’t just about ramps and changing buildings. It is about attitude and understanding. I have wanted to skydive for a very long time and now that you can do it inside I was determined to have a go. The staff at iFly were really understanding. I explained my situation and they answered all of my questions very reassuringly. Although they had no changing rooms which made getting the flying suit on difficult the Instructors were fantastic. The flight was incredible and I felt wonderful. I really felt like I had achieved something and I had just needed a little help. I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone. It was so much fun.”
Accessible Belper works with the community to ensure that everyone including those with disabling conditions can fully enjoy our town. It does this through awareness raising, offering advice and social media. To find out more go to www.accessiblebelper.org or engage on their Facebook Page.