The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Iris Andersen officially opened Enham Trust’s latest venture with Test Valley Borough Council – the Enham Way – in a public ceremony on 18th July.
The ceremony, which began at the Shopmobility centre, Test Valley Community Services at Andover Bus Station, saw Enham Trust’s Chairman of Trustees Professor Khalid Aziz deliver a thoughtful welcoming speech before Cllr Phil North, who has been involved with the project since the beginning, gave an insight into his visions for the project.
“I’m delighted the Enham Way is now open,” commented Cllr Phil North following the event.
“It is a first class facility for wheelchair users; increasing their independence. Since the very first meeting I had with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Enham Trust in the Council offices, the project has been a real collaboration between Trust and Council and I know that close relationship will continue.”
Finally, accompanied by her team, the Mayor of Test Valley made a bold statement as she set off to travel down the Enham Way on a Shopmobility scooter!
Lizzie, who has Hydrocephalus, uses a wheelchair, and has been at Enham Trust for a number of years, can’t wait to start using the Enham Way on a regular basis; comments: “It will make me feel very independent and save so much money on taxis; it’ll be lovely to get some fresh air, too!”
The Enham Way is a 3.4 mile accessible walk way, linking Andover town centre with Enham Alamein village – giving Enham Trust’s clients the ability and confidence to travel between the village and the town centre independently – reflecting the charity’s vital work; supporting over 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people across the country to live as independently as possible.