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Skipton charity opens holiday lodge for disabled children

Skipton charity opens holiday lodge for disabled children

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 12th March 2020. (Updated at 6:23pm 14th March 2020)

A charity that provides free holidays to disabled and disadvantaged children in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale has opened a new holiday lodge.  

  • The Principle Trust Children’s Charity provides free holidays to disabled and disadvantaged children.
  • The charity has opened a new holiday lodge in Skipton.
  • The Trust has sent over 2,400 children on holiday over the past nine years.  

The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, based in Skipton, was set up in 2011.  They have now opened their fifth holiday home, based in Windermere.

The lodge was officially opened by Peter Squires, ex British Lions & England rugby union player, in conjunction with Wooden Spoon, the Children’s charity of Rugby.

Principle Trust Children’s Charity
The team at the opening of the lodge

The new lodge has been built with for disabled access, thanks to a £20,000 grant by Wooden Spoon  This includes a wet room, the installation of sliding doors, to maximize access and a wheelchair ramp up to the raised platform area to the front and side access doors of the cabin.

Over the past nine years, the Trust has sent over 2,400 children on a holiday that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. 

Peter Squires said:

“I’m very pleased to perform my first official function with the wooden spoon charity at the wonderful Lake District. I am delighted to return to open such a worthy project, organised by the Principle Trust Children’s Charity and supported by the Wooden Spoon. The chalet looks fantastic both outside and inside, fully equipped and sorted to meet disadvantaged and disabled children, who am sure will benefit hugely from it.”

Mike Davies MBE, Founder & Trustee from the Principle Trust said:

“Our aspiration from the outset was to open a holiday home in the Lake District and we are delighted to open it today on the Park Dean resort in Windermere. A stunning setting, surrounding and child centric place we’ve manage to locate and purchase through all the generous donations, fundraising and hard work that the Principle Trust team has put in and all our fantastic donators have provided to assist in keeping the charity growing.

"The final amount of £20,000 that the Wooden Spoon charity donated has allowed a complete refurbishment inside the lodge, making it wheelchair friendly, with a brand new wet room, widened doors and laminate flooring throughout.”