Can you help in Whitley Bay?

Do you have a business on or near the sea front at Whitley Bay, with some spare storage space? We are looking for a new space to store our beach wheelchairs. Last year we moved out of our space on the promenade as the storage space wasn’t suitable for our equipment or appropriate for our…

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Beach wheelchairs arrive at Spittal

Nine people in front of a metal container, standing behind 3 beach wheelchairs. A young girl is in one of the wheelchairs, she is smiling. There is a large standing glag advertising beach wheelchairs to one side.

We are thrilled to confirm that we are now ‘live’ at Spittal. This sees us move to our furthest point north and will definitely be as far north as we go! We now have 3 beach wheelchairs and a much request hoist available for free loan. This has only been possible because of the work…

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A dark blue banner with writing on it saying 2023 Finalist Uniquely North East Award. There is a circle on the banner which has a white background and shows a coloured map of the north east region with the words North East Charity Awards on it

We are absolutely honoured to be selected as a finalist in the ‘Uniquely North East’ category of the North East Charity Awards. This category recognises ‘home grown’ charities that are focussed on local communities and local heritage or are an example on a national stage. We support our local communities and also those visiting our…

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Temporary closure at Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay beach showing an expanse of sand & sea with a lighthouse in the background. There is a caption saying temporary closure of whitley bay services

We are very sorry to say we have had to temporarily suspend our loan service at Whitley Bay. Unfortunately there are number of issues, but we are working hard to resolve them quickly. In the mean time it’s a great opportunity to try out one of our other nine beaches! We will be increasing the…

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News from Newton!

Will, white man with short dark hair wearing denim jeans, padded jacket & scarf. He is sitting in a manual wheelchair with an additional from wheel attachment, on a wide pathway in some countryside.

Have you been to Newton by the Sea recently? If you have you may have noticed some accessibility improvements! While we want everyone to enjoy time on the beach, we also want people to enjoy the beautiful areas surrounding our North East beaches. We work with local councils and other groups to increase access options.…

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Annual General Meeting

Collage of 5 photos of different beach wheelchiars, with text advertising date of AGM Tuesday 25 April, 7.30pm

Our annual general meeting is taking place on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm and will be held in the Sandpiper pub, Farringdon Road, North Shields. It’s an opportunity to look back at the last year, including highlighting our achievements and the people who have made them happen. This meeting is open to anyone so if…

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Cresswell to welcome a hippocampe

3 wheeled hippocampe beach wheelchair with blue frame & black seat. Pictured outside the open doors of a storage unit

Cresswell will become the latest beach in Northumberland to have a beach wheelchair! This beautiful hippocampe was put together yesterday and will be delivered to it’s temporary home at the Boat House tomorrow. It will be available for free hire from Monday 22nd August. Once the ongoing work on building a permanent home is completed, …

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Could you be a volunteer?

five different beach wheelchairs lined up on the promenade

Everything that happens here at BANE happens because of a volunteer. We are currently looking for additional volunteers for Whitley Bay and a pool of new volunteers for Roker (coming soon!). You don’t need to commit to a number of hours, or regular days, you can be part of a group who get involved when…

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Wheelchair line up 2022

After the success of our first event in 2019, we are thrilled to say we will be holding our second North East Wheelchair Line up on Monday 28th August 2022! The event will take place along the promenade at Whitley Bay sea front, starting outside our headquarters which is next to Rendezvous & Links cafe’s.…

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Newton by the Sea…coming 17th July!

Beach walker and low three wheeled beach wheelchair pictured on the grass verge with the beach and sea in the background

Finally we are thrilled to announce that loan of equipment at Newton-by-the-Sea will be live on 17th July! We will have a beach walker and a hippocampe available for free loan for anyone wanting to access the fabulous beach there. The hippocampe was very kindly donated to us and we will share that story soon…

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