A housebuilder’s community fund has donated £1,250 to Henshaws Specialist College in North Yorkshire, which provides education for 18-25 year olds living with a disability.

The donation will assist the Harrogate college in furnishing its outdoor classroom, which will have weatherproof wheelchair access, meaning all the woodland activities can be enjoyed by everyone throughout the year.

It is part of a first raft of donations from the newly launched fund by Miller Homes. It has awarded amounts ranging from £250 to £1250 to eight clubs, groups, or charities across Yorkshire.

“Henshaws provides a fully inclusive education setting for those moving onto further education, independent living or simply making friends, and its forest school and programme of outdoor education has proved to be a huge success so far,” said Debbie Whittingham, regional sales director, Miller Homes Yorkshire.

“As the college expands its outdoor learning, we are delighted that our donation will help them make it accessible and enjoyable all year round, no matter what the weather.”

Gemma Young, Henshaws fundraising development manager, added: “Outdoor learning is hugely beneficial for our students and this donation from Miller Homes will help us expand and upgrade our facilities. These positive experiences in the outdoors inspires students to develop new skills, have fun and discover a love of learning. It’s all about not being afraid to make a little mess, not being in a rush and having the time to enjoy the sensory nature of the tasks.”