Sunday, December 14, 2008

Skating fun for visually impaired children

BLIND children in Huddersfield enjoyed a winter treat at the weekend as they wrapped up warmly and took to the ice.

Kirklees Council opened up the temporary ice rink at the Piazza for the Huddersfield Actionnaires on Saturday morning.

About 20 children, who are either blind or visually impaired, donned their ice skates and took to the ice rink for an 80-minute session, specially them.

They were accompanied by staff at Huddersfield Actionnaires and volunteers from Greenhead College to help them move around the rink.

Huddersfield Actionnaires is run by the national charity, Action for Blind People, and are a multi sports club for blind and partially sighted children and young people.

Lesley Inganni, deputy sports manager for Action for Blind People, said: “We are extremely grateful to the council for making this possible for us.

“Without the council giving us sole use of the ice rink it would not have been possible for all the club to go ice skating in a public session.

“They have done this for several years now and it is something the children always enjoy and look forward to every year.”


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