We are now operating out of the Newbiggin Maritime Centre, thanks to their generosity, we have a new number on our telephone Options, 3, to get put through to the centre and book your free loan of a medium or large hippocampe beach wheelchair. These both have headrests, arms, and four point harnesses, while there is the option to have a leg net fitted between the seat and the footwell on either (currently fitted to medium)
These chairs are suitable for those under 120kg, the medium size is ideal for children and the large size for adults who can transfer to a lower down beach chair.
Some of our trustees along with our Honorary President, Stephen Miller and his wife Rachael as Smile for Sport, are going to attempt to organise a World Record Breaking attempt, to get more than 351 wheelchairs moving in a line. The proposed venue is Whitley Bay promenade, and proposed date will be in late Sept/early Oct 2019. The council, and other relevant bodies, Guinness Book of Records are being contacted now. However we will be having at least one, probably more Mobiloos should this all go ahead. Anyone who's tried a record attempt or breaking a record, is very welcome to get in touch and give us some advice. (beacuse I think we're going to need it!)
Sad to say, North Tyneside's pods will not be coming this year to the Whitley Bay promenade, and so we are hopeful about getting some temporary storage at Whitely Bay soon. Any help greatly appreciated.
We have our storage container at Blyth, Thanks to Mobile Mini for all their help.
And we were interviewed on the Sue Sweeney Show on Sunday 29th May, just after 11:30am catch us on iplayer.
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).
We have now purchased two Freeedom Trax, which we hope to be able to loan out soon once we have had some training on using them. It’s a powered unit which the user controls so we expect users who don't have someone to push will be able to use it.
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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