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Minister for Disabled People Visits Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor has today hosted a visit from Justin Tomlinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People and MP for North Swindon, and Peter Heaton-Jones, MP for North Devon.


Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor, led the Minister on a tour of the Centre accompanied by Dr. Tom Bigge, Chair of Trustees at Calvert Trust Exmoor, Lady Acland, President of The Calvert Trust, and John Gillett, a Vice President of Calvert Trust Exmoor and local government advisor on disability issues.


During the tour the Minister met staff and guests, explored the fully accessible facilities, and learnt more about how Calvert Trust Exmoor adapts and develops equipment to enable people with all types of disability to take part in a wide range of adventurous activities.


Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People said; “What a fantastic, amazing facility.  People with disabilities often tell me that they want to access the same opportunities as everyone else; Calvert Trust Exmoor demonstrates that anything and everything is possible, there are no barriers. ”



During the visit John Gillett gave the Minister a demonstration of wheelchair abseiling. This was the first time John had been involved in any rope based sport since the 36ft fall that put him in a wheelchair in October 1992.



 Peter Heaton Jones said “This is my third visit to Calvert Trust Exmoor; I always leave here inspired, and I know the Minister will be too. This is a facility we should be proud of at a national level; it’s fantastic that we have the centre in our area.”



Tony Potter, CEO at Calvert Trust Exmoor; We were delighted to welcome the Minister here today and give him an overview of our activities and aims. He seemed very impressed with the Centre and enjoyed meeting our staff and guests. All in all it was a very positive visit.


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Jeremy Duxbury

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