20th Nov, 2017

Popular stately home is now even more disability-friendly

Joshua Godfrey 11th Sep, 2017 Updated: 11th Sep, 2017

STAFF at a popular National Trust property are continuing their efforts to make the historic house more accessible to visitors with disabilities.

A fully accessible toilet and changing place has now been installed in the visitor centre at Croome Court, near Pershore. It features an adult changing table and hoist designed to assist people and their carers. The new facility is part of the NT’s efforts to open up the historic house and parkland to as many people as possible.

As part of this there is free use of manual wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters which can be booked in advance to help people with disabilities explore the Capability Brown parkland.

There is also a shuttle bus, which is also wheelchair accessible, which runs between the visitor centre and the house.

Croome Court, which would have once proved inaccessible to many, is now easily accessible thanks to a stair climber which allows entry for manual wheelchair users to the sweeping flight of steps.

Jo Amphlett, of Croome, said: “Opening our doors to everyone is something that we all feel passionate about here at Croome. Not only is it part of the trust’s for ever, for everyone motto, it also genuinely transforms people’s lives.”

The trust’s Rachel Sharpe said: “A care situation can be an isolating experience for both the carer and cared for. To find a place that is welcoming and has the facilities to support your day out is vital. As a carer myself I know the importance of getting out and about and having the opportunity to enjoy beautiful places with your family.”

 

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