Firm makes iPad dream come true

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A generous shopping centre management company has donated an iPad to a disabled man from South Kirkby.

Managers from the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village in Castleford visited the Sycamores community home as part of a commitment to help the trust that runs it.

The home is one of four operated by the Hollybank Trust, which provides education, care and support for children, young people and adults with profound physical disabilities, associated learning difficulties and complex medical needs.

As part of the visit residents were asked what the shopping village could do to help.

Chris Walsh, 27, asked for an iPad so he could take photographs, as he struggles with a standard size camera and because the iPad is easier for him to use than a laptop or computer.

The managers then approached O2, which gifted the iPad to Mr Walsh when he visited Junction 32 with his mum.

The outlet village is also planning to install a sensory garden at the Sycamores later this year. Residents at the home will be treated to a garden party as part of the garden’s opening celebrations.

A spokeswoman from Junction 32 said: “Junction 32 has chosen to support Hollybank Trust throughout 2013. Their residential home Sycamores, in South Kirkby, is local to the centre and we visited the residents to see how we could help them.

“Our plan is to create a vibrant, colourful and relaxing garden area for them to enjoy. However, on our visit, we met Christopher who told us that he wanted an iPad.

“We promised to do our best for him and approached our friends at O2 who are committed to supporting the local community and charities and they were happy to help. “

Sycamores manager Karen Makings said: “Chris is an avid photographer but can have difficulty with small buttons on cameras. He had a go on a borrowed iPad, which is easier for him to use and creates large photos that he can see more easily.

“Not only does this give Chris the opportunity to take the photos of his choice, but it enables him to access the photos whenever he wants to with just a swipe of his finger. “

For more information about the Hollybank Trust, visit or follow it on Facebook.