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4th Dec 2014

Toby Foster BPL - Gillian and Jane Look North 2 TBP Look North

Following Accessible Derbyshire's highly successful launch of 'The Big Push' at Longshaw yesterday, Co- Founders Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver found themselves appearing on local radion and television throughout the day.

First on the agenda was a trip to radio Sheffield for a 7.45am appearance on the popular Toby Foster show. Toby asked the pair about the 'Big Push' initiative and the challenges that face disabled people: challenges which inspired them to set up the charity.

After a brief photo opportunity with Toby it was straight onto an adjoining studio for a 'live' link-up with radio Derby and a similar slot on their breakfast show.

The dynamic duo then headed off to the Longshaw estate, being interviewed on the way by a post-graduate student of journalism at Sheffield University who was covering the story as part of his studies.

 A reception at Longshaw was followed by 'The Big Push' launch and the opportunity to try out the Boma 7 All-Terrain wheelchairs.Standing by were the Look North cameras with reporter Tom Ingall capturing footage and interviewing attendees in readiness for a news item on their prime-time evening show.

Gillian and Jane headed up the the Look North studio late in the afternoon and were interviewed 'live' on the couch by Harry Gration and Nicola Rees.

"It was a long day, but one which could not have gone better" said Gillian. Jane added that "the publicity which the BBC gave 'The Big Push' throughout the day was fantastic and we were extremely grateful for their support."

The aim of 'The Big Push' is to make the Peak District and Derbyshire THE most accessible National Park and county in the country over the next two years.

To raise funds for the Big Push or to let Accessible Derbyshire know about your accessible accommodation, attraction, venue, activity or club please contact Jane and Gillian on or visit


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