BeachAbility Chair enables residents to enjoy the beach

 

BeachAbility is proud to announce that the latest addition to its fleet of beach friendly wheelchairs, located in St Clement, is now ready for use. This takes the total number of specially adapted chairs dotted along Jersey’s coastline up to nine.

The new Tilt-in-Space model wheelchair is housed at La Mare slip and has been generously sponsored by Jersey Cheshire Home, where staff are hugely aware of how uplifting it is for residents to be under the open skies, close to the sea, enjoying the company of family and friends at the beach.

All BeachAbility wheelchairs have as standard large inflatable ballooned wheels that permit the chairs to be pushed with ease over sand and rough terrain. The purchase of this Tilt-in-Space model, enables users with more severe postural and mobility problems to access the chair, and is of particular value for the needs of the residents and clients of Jersey Cheshire Home.

David Lord, General Manager at Jersey Cheshire Home explained their decision to invest in the chair, “A couple of years ago at our summer party at Ouaisne, we took the opportunity to get some of the residents onto the beach, with the help of a BeachAbility chair. This proved such a successful and enjoyable exercise that it was decided we would buy a Tilt-n-Space chair, to give our residents even more opportunity to get onto the beach and to assist BeachAbility to achieve their goal of having a chair at every bay. This particular chair is ideally suited to the needs of our residents and day care users, and is also located close by to our facility in Rope Walk. It’s lovely to see it in use!”

The chair at La Mare, which is free for the public to use, is housed in a purpose built shed, kindly donated by The Rotary Club of Jersey.

BeachAbility chairman, Margaret Le Herissier said, “It has been our dream to have a chair at each of the major bays across the island and we are thrilled to have had the support of the Rotary Club of Jersey and the Jersey Cheshire Home in helping this to come true.  We really value the spirit of the charities working together for the benefit of Islanders. Our beach wheelchairs are loaned on a free to use basis although we do welcome donations and are visitors to Jersey are also warmly welcome to use them.”