Brackenfield School team up with "Open Country" as our Charity of the Year

This year we are supporting Open Country, this is a Harrogate based charity that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside. Open Country achieve this through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information,training and advice. They provide accessible transport and teams of trained volunteers to offer assistance as necessary.

During a fascinating assembly to the school, David Shaftoe from Open Country spoke in detail about the worthwhile work the charity carries out in supporting disabled people to enjoy the countryside, from straightforward day trips into the country and conservation work to more extreme activities such as abseiling. Needing an annual income of £150,000, Open Country relies on the generosity of donations to continue to provide such a valuable role. Brackenfield will be fundraising to support the purchase of Open Country’s new minibus, Star of Hope, central to fulfilling the aims of the charity. For further information on Open Country please visit