Eye-opening event held at Homelands

Dave Paton Jock Mcinnes MBE, and Billy Horsburgh. Pic by George McLuskie
Dave Paton Jock Mcinnes MBE, and Billy Horsburgh. Pic by George McLuskie

Organisers of a weekend event at Lundin Links’ Homelands site - aimed at raising the profile of disabled access across the country - have hailed it as a great success.

Staff and volunteers at the holidays cottages and information centre welcomed dozens of people from across Fife as part of the first ever national Disabled Access Day.

As well as having the chance to find out about the fully accessible site - which opened in2014 - there was a number of alternative therapy taster sessions available and three relaxed lectures.

Jock McInnes MBE was one of the speakers - alongside Anstruther author Billy Horsburgh - and he spoke about his fundraising efforts and how others might fundraise for Homelands. “The day went really well and it was very well attended,” he said.

“Billy was a very nice guy and really inspirational. I spoke as an able-bodied person who has fundraised and he spoke as someone with a disability - it was good to see it from two different sides.”

Dave Paton, development coordinator for Homelands trust-Fife was delighted with the turnout on the day.

“We must have had over 50 people on the day, and some travelled from as far as Arbroath to come along.

“We had eight therapists offering alternative therapy on the day, and they were all booked up, and we also had a group meditation session from Mindfullness, a seated exercise class and a short health walk provided by FEAT.

“I would like to say a big thanks to all who took part and everyone who attended.”

The event was the brainchild of Euan Macdonald and sister Kiki, from Edinburgh. Euan was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2003, and went on to set up Euan’s Guide, public venue listings with reviews based on accessibility and other facilities.

Disabled Access Day 2015 was organised to encourage those with a disability to go out and try somewhere new, and over 200 organisations took part in the weekend event.

For more on Euan’s Guide, go to www.euansguide.com

For news and updates on Homelands, go to www.homelands-fife.co.uk