They help Kirklees wheelchair users gain access to rural routes they thought were out of bounds.

And now not-for-profit Huddersfield organisation Experience Community wants to buy its first video drone to get a bird’s eye view of paths and brideways.

The pioneering group, which creates films to show disabled people how to access local countryside, has launched a £1,000 online Crowdfunder bid to raise cash for the new camera.

Craig Grimes, who is behind the fundraising push, hopes to invest in a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone, which they can use to map an area before they go exploring.

Craig said: “We create free films for people to watch on our website or via YouTube to help disabled people decide if the available facilities are suitable enough for their needs.

“Although we receive some funding for our project, we have to prioritise what we spend the money on and can’t afford to pay for new video equipment from our limited budget.

“At the moment we make our films using a semi-professional video camera and show the path surface using an old version of the GoPro Hero video camera which is mounted on a wheelchair.

“But if we get enough help we will be able to buy a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone, which we would be able to show aerial shots of the walks we film, which would give disabled people a much better idea of the terrain and path surfaces on the route.

Craig became disabled after an accident whilst at university 17 years ago.

Experience Community founder, Craig Grimes
 

A keen rock climber, he was determined not to let his disability stop him enjoying his passions and set up Experience Community to help other people gain the confidence to get into the countryside.

“After my accident, I thought that many of the activities I loved to do had become impossible for me to take part in.

“But I’ve discovered that I can access the countryside if I have the right information, which helps me take advantage of alternative routes and so on so I decided to start sharing my knowledge through making films.

“My aim is to build a reliable source of information for disabled people and the wider community including those using pushchairs and older people.

To donate, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aerial-disabled-access-films

To find out more about the group go to www.experiencecommunity.co.uk .