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Wheelchair will enable pupils with disabilities at Highland school to explore remoter parts of the countryside


By Donald Wilson

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Duncan Sanderson and Hamish Bain with Nairn Academy’s new Paratreker wheelchair.
Duncan Sanderson and Hamish Bain with Nairn Academy’s new Paratreker wheelchair.

A project by Nairn Academy to assist young people with disabilities in exploring remoter parts of the Highlands has been supported by Nairn River Community Council.

Chairman Hamish Bain has handed over a cheque for £750 towards the purchase of a Paratreker wheelchair that will enable pupils to access rougher terrain.

Additional support needs teacher Duncan Sanderson said: "We are extremely grateful to the Nairn River Community Council and, indeed, the wider community of Nairn.

"The support we get is immense and has been beyond our wildest dreams.

"The wheelchair we are getting will enable us to take many youngsters out into the countryside and it will be very useful for our Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

"We obviously have to be mindful of where we go, but it would be my hope sometime to maybe get some of the pupils up to the top of Cairngorm.

"Something we are also looking at is using the Paratreker for pupils to take out elderly people in the community as part of their volunteering experience."

The school also received £1500 from the Nairnshire committee of Highland Council to put towards the wheelchair.

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