Homelands to mark inaugural event

MS Open day at Homelands
MS Open day at Homelands

Homelands Trust-Fife is to mark the very first National Disabled Access Day this month with a special open event at their new Lundin Links site.

On Saturday, January 17, the charitable group will open its doors to the public for the awareness-raising event, which has been organised by a group of disabled people in Scotland, along with friends and family, aiming to make the UK’s public places more disabbled-friendly.

On the day, people can come along and hear all about the history of Homelands at the Paxton Centre, or have a look around one of the purpose built cottages.

There will also be two speakers in the form of fundraiser Jock McInnes MBE, who is originally from Methil, and Billy Horsburgh from Anstruther.

Jock, who received his honour from the Queen in the New Year Honours List last year, has helped to raise over £1 million for charity, through various challenges, incuding a trek across the Sahara and climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco.

For National Disabled Access Day, he’ll be hoping to inspire potential fundraisers in the local area who can raise cash as part of the ‘Friends of Homelands’ group.

Meanwhile Billy Horsburgh will talk to visitors about his 2014 self penned book ‘Ring of Fire’, which details his his lifelong struggle to cope with cerebral palsy as well as glaucoma over the first 26 years of his life.

The book has been so well received that Billy - a lifelong East Fife fan - has already started thinking about writing his second one.

Visitors will also get the chance to try out alternative therapy taster sessions such as reflexology, accupressure and Reiki.

The event runs from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. at Homelands site on Links Road on Lundin Links. Tea and coffee available for a small donation.

For more information about the event, visit www.disabledaccessday.com.