DISABILITY charities Papworth Trust and OWL (Opportunities Without Limits) are planning to join forces to achieve more for disabled people.

DISABILITY charities Papworth Trust and OWL (Opportunities Without Limits) are planning to join forces to achieve more for disabled people.

The new organisation will work with more than 17,000 disabled people every year across the East of England, and will have over 300 staff.

"By working together OWL and Papworth Trust will be able to do much more for disabled people in the future," said Adrian Bagg, chief executive of Papworth Trust. "In the meantime, both organisations will continue to provide a wide range of high quality services that make a real difference to the lives of disabled people."

"OWL has made a huge difference to the lives of disabled people since it was formed in 1996," added OWL chairman Kevin McMullen. "This is a fantastic opportunity for two of Cambridgeshire's best-known charities to come together and offer even more choice to disabled people."

The two charities are planning to start to work together formally in September. The merger should be completed by the autumn.

OWL provides a range of services for disabled people including OWL bikes, an innovative social enterprise, and the OWL café. All services run by OWL will continue in the future with support from Papworth Trust.

CONTACT: Papworth Trust marketing director David Martin on 01480 357208, 07772 197770 or david.martin@papworth.org.uk