Callcredit volunteers makeover Nell Bank Education Centre

Leeds based Callcredit Information Group has helped children’s education centre, Nell Bank, by creating disabled access to the whole site.

The educational centre, based in Ilkley, specialises in activity days and residential stays for children from inner-city schools and children with disabilities.

Inspired by the Tour de France 2014, which next year will pass through Ilkley, Nell Bank wanted to build a cycle track around the site to provide wheelchair access across the entire centre, as well as a safe environment for those children who may not ordinarily be able to cycle.

Callcredit offered its support with 124 members of staff from across 16 different departments taking part in the initiative over five days.  An impressive 300 tonnes of limestone was removed in order to build the track.

Nell Bank relies heavily on charitable donations and volunteers to keep the centre running.

Bruce Fowler, Site Manager of Nell Bank commented “Callcredit’s volunteers were amazing particularly when working during the hot summer days. The teamwork was simply superb with everybody totally committed to this project for disadvantaged children. As for the youngsters, their reaction to their Tour de Nell track has been just awesome! Now they can scooter, wheelchair and cycle in safety in these stunning surroundings!”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “What Callcredit has done to help Nell Bank is fantastic. The effort and commitment shown by their team of volunteers to make this project a reality is commendable.

“It is important that places like Nell Bank are supported in their work and this new cycle track will provide a great way for all children to get involved in the run up to Yorkshire’s Grand Départ in July.”

Julie Wright, HR Director at Callcredit commented “Nell Bank is a fantastic facility for children and we are privileged to work closely with their full-time volunteers and assist with this great project. At Callcredit we encourage all our staff to take a day each year to volunteer within our community. There was a huge uptake for this project in particular- it has been a truly rewarding experience for all of those involved.”