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Fritton lake breaks for disabled

PUBLISHED: 11:51 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:58 03 July 2010

Disabled children and their families from across Suffolk are being given the chance to book a break in the picturesque surroundings of Fritton Lake, thanks to the opening of a specially-adapted woodland lodge.

Disabled children and their families from across Suffolk are being given the chance to book a break in the picturesque surroundings of Fritton Lake, thanks to the opening of a specially-adapted woodland lodge.

Saturday marked the official opening of a four-bedroom lodge that is has been fully adapted for people with severe disabilities.

Lord and Lady Somerleyton, whose family own the estate near Yarmouth, not only cut the ribbon to open the holiday home, but also surprised youngsters on the day by arranging a visit from two Suffolk Punch horses.

Lynda Skelton, one of the organisers, said the lodge would enable families or groups with young people who have disabilities to enjoy a short break not too far from home. It will soon be available for booking for a nominal fee.

She said that families who turned out see the new facility also had the chance to explore the Fritton Lake estate and try some of the activities on offer, including boating and having a go on the adventure playground.

“Lots and lots of families came to see the lodge,” she said. “They will be able to use it as a base to go Fritton Lake, to the coast and to the Broads.”

She added: “We anticipate quite a high demand.”

The lodge was funded through Suffolk County Council's Aiming High for Disabled Children's Short Break Pathfinder Programme.

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