New mascot and new kit at Breeze events

Young people with a disability will be greeted by the new Breeze mascot when they attend an exclusive session at Breeze on Tour this Thursday.

Children and young people with a disability or additional needs have been benefiting from brand new accessible equipment and facilities at the Breeze events this summer.

Any young people with a disability or additional needs can beat the crowds and pre-book for an extra special “relaxed opening” at 11am–12 noon on Thursday 15 August, where all inflatables will be running.

A session can be pre-booked by calling 0113 276 0837. The new, yet-to-be named, Breeze owl will be on hand to greet people booked to attend.

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Media are invited to join Councillor Lucinda Yeadon and the new Breeze owl mascot at 11.15am on Thursday 15 August at Kirkstall Abbey as they greet and join children and young people attending the exclusive play session.

Please call 0113 395 1577 to confirm your attendance.

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The event at Kirkstall Abbey on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August from 12-5pm will be the final two-day main Breeze on Tour event for 2013.

In addition to the new inflatables – which include new bouncy castles and a play zone with magic ball blower – there is a newly equipped multi-sensory dome with relaxing bubble tubes, and the latest wireless switch adapted technology.

For the first time, a mobile accessible changing facility has been provided on site, just ask Breeze staff if you need to use it

The new accessible kit has been provided thanks to over £57,000 funding from the Short Breaks Capital scheme

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services said:

“It’s only right that children and young people with a disability can join with their peers in having a fun day out. This new accessible equipment will be able to be used and enjoyed by children with a disability for many years to come.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills said:

“It’ll be great to meet the new Breeze mascot. Many children with additional needs find it difficult to interact with other people so the owl will be there, along with the rest of the team, to give them a big, warm, Breeze welcome.

“The new equipment is also a really great addition to the Breeze on Tour offer. The more accessible kit we have, the more we can encourage young people with a disability to join us and experience Breeze for the first time.”

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk