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Wild Things! awarded £7500 by Berry Burn Community Fund towards new minibus

By Garry McCartney

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Wild Thing's want to buy a replacement minibus with additional features for passengers with mobility issues.
Wild Thing's want to buy a replacement minibus with additional features for passengers with mobility issues.

AN environmental education charity based in Findhorn has been awarded more than £7000 generated by natural energy.

Wild Things will use £7500 from the Berry Burn wind farm Community Fund towards the cost of a new minibus with disabled accessibility features.

Chief executive officer, Luke Strachan, confirmed his team were "delighted" with the help.

He said: "We have needed a new minibus for sometime now, particularly one with facilities to make our outdoor activities more accessible to older people and particularly those with mobility issues.

"These features will make our charitable activities more accessible to mobility-restricted demographics across the north. These include environmental day trips for older people, woodland schools and coastal classrooms, as well as health and wellbeing programes and outdoor qualifications for young people and adults."

Wild Things provide wilderness, nature based, and outdoor learning experiences for all ages and abilities. Since 2003, the charity has enabled over 13,000 children, young people and adults to learn from and be inspired by their local natural environment.

Unfortunately Wild Things has been severely affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Mr Strachan explained: "We have adapted our work to refocus on producing resources for educators and families which help them to to #staywildathome https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/stay-wild-at-home/ . In addition, we hope to start developing support packages and activity packs which to distribute to care homes. These packs will help carers and residents alike, enabling them to stay active and engaged with nature as a means of coping with the isolation and boredom of lockdown.

"In spite of everything, we remain optimistic that our charitable programs will be able to resume soon."

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