Sad to say, North Tyneside's pods will not be coming this year to the Whitley Bay promenade, and so we are now looking for assistance getting a free container sited at Whitley Bay for this summer season. Any help greatly appreciated.
We have produced a radio advert for broadcast on the online station - Radio Northumberland - tune in and see if you catch it.
Did you know the Fish Quays are in the process of getting an access ramp? We are hoping this will also include some storage for a hippocampe beach wheelchair. If you live nearby perhaps you'd like to help?
We have met with Da Vinci Mobility and have purchased two of their Beachster design to be made especially for us, with the logo of two of our funders on them, Dancing For Charity and the Magic Trust. These chairs allow users to self propel on the beach. We have also bought two off the peg beach wheelchairs which recline so you can sun yourself (on that one day of summer). Da Vinci have also got a design where a person can cycle, with powered assistance, a wheeled 'table' capable of taking a wheelchair on. We will be in discussion to get this into a beach wheelchair, two part design which will complement our existing roll on/off Nomad.
If you’re a shopper at Keel Row in Blyth or Park View in Whitley Bay, look out for us at the beginning of May when we’ll be running a raffle at both centres with prizes from local retailers, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Sally's and our chairs will be on display.
Could YOU help us?
We are looking for volunteers to be on call to adminster the wheelchairs, you do not transfer people to the beach wheechairs or push them during use, you may need to push the empty chair to meet the user. At the moment you may also need to construct some chairs, full training will be given.
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