Mobile sensory kit for Derbyshire!

1st Oct 2014

Mobile Sensory Kit Dave Kilner Help A Chilc Have A Chance Mobile Sensory Kit 2 Thomas Playground Appeal 4 Megpool

Holidaying in Derbyshire is about to get a whole lot more fun for children with disabilities thanks to a new mobile sensory kit purchased by Accessible Derbyshire.

The kit, comprising fibre optic lighting, amazing bubble tube and a state of the art projector was purchased with a £1000 grant from the charity 'Help A Child Have a Chance' which was established by Shirley Kilner in memory of her late husband : former Hallam and Peak FM DJ Dave Kilner who passed away in 2009.

This grant is the latest in a series of donations by the Kilner family in support of the causes championed by Accessible Derbyshire Co-Founders Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver.

In 1999 whilst working at Peak FM Dave was instrumental in securing the support of the radio station for the Thomas Playground Appeal led by Gillian and which in just 6 months raised £100,000 for new state of the art playgrounds at Ashgate Croft School in Chesterfield. A few years later, again thanks to Dave, the proceeds of Hallam FM's 'Help A Hallam Child' annual charity auction went to the 'Pool For Megan And Her Friends Appeal', again at Ashgate Croft school: an appeal spearheaded this time by Jane. The auction raised over £20,000 toward the £1 million pounds total needed for the pool in just one day!

Gillian remembers Dave as a “kind and caring man who was driven by making a positive and lasting difference to the lives of local disabled children. It is amazing to think that through 'Help A Child Have A Chance” his kindness is continuing even though he is no longer with us.”

Jane and I are really grateful for this latest donation to our charitable efforts and our personal thanks go to Shirley Kilner for continuing Dave's charitable legacy.”

The mobile sensory kit is currently being used to enhance the Accessible Derbyshire creative arts sessions being run by 'Shine' at Cliffe Park, Dronfield on Friday mornings from 9.30 – 11.30 and will then be housed at the 'Room For All Seasons' at Lane End Farm: a self-catering holiday barn for disabled people in the beautiful village of Abney.

Anyone interested in hiring the kit for a local holiday property or children's club should contact Gillian and Jane via the website:




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