Thursday, November 05, 2009, 06:55
Seven people who use Leonard Cheshire Disability Services took a trip to the city landmark for their annual Make a Difference Day.
Andrew Wood co-ordinator of the Can Do project which is part of Leonard Cheshire Disability said: "Every year at Leonard Cheshire we run Make a Difference Day where we survey some aspect of community life and in this case it was about shopping.
"We had already booked a community visit to the Cathedral so we doubled up and surveyed the Cathedral shop at the same time.
"It was surveyed by disabled people and I am glad to report that it passed with flying colours."
Leonard Cheshire Disability currently supports more than 21,000 disabled people in the UK.
Mr Wood added: " Everyone really enjoyed it. The seven people surveying had come from the Star College, St Rose's School and The Leonard Cheshire Care Home of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham.
"All the facilities were excellent at the Cathedral, they had ramps and easy access for everyone and the shop even had most of its shelves at wheelchair height, where most shops you can't reach the counter. So it was very good.
"The chairman of Leonard Cheshire, Ilyas Khan also came to visit for the day and then we visited The Comfy Pew restaurant in College Street which was also very good."
The findings of the survey can now be used by other disabled users before visiting the Cathedral.
Mark Beckett, Chapter Steward at Gloucester Cathedral, said: "We think welcoming everyone to the Cathedral is very important and that includes people that have difficulties with mobility.
"We have spent quite a bit of money over the last few years to improve the access, with wheelchair lifts in parts of the Cathedral and things like that.
"We take access very seriously and we want to welcome everybody whatever their position."