New prototype beach wheelchair available on Cornish beaches!
We received a Grant from the BIG2 Project funded from the ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 which partly funded ten new prototype beach wheelchairs which we have since deployed on beaches around Cornwall.
As a centre of excellence for the mobility sector, we are committed to innovation in research, technology and education – it underpins everything we do. As part of this, we're delighted to announce that our prototype for a new beach wheelchair, designed in collaboration with Falmouth University and built in our Workshops, has been deployed on Cornish beaches for trial by users as part of our pre-manufacture process.
Beach wheelchairs are designed for outdoor use and have large inflatable wheels which allow them to roll over sand and pebbles with remarkable ease giving a comfortable and safe ride. This has allowed people with a disability or mobility challenge the pleasure and freedom to access and enjoy Cornwall’s beaches where they may have found it more difficult in the past.
The new chair is available to hire, free of charge, at the following locations:
- Fistral beach, Newquay
- Perranporth Gardens Charities, Perranporth beach
- Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Hayle
- St Michael's Mount, Marazion, and
- Seaton Beach Cafe, Seaton beach, Looe
Our other beach wheelchairs are still available to hire on beaches around Cornwall - please see the map below which can also be downloaded by clicking the 'Beach Wheelchair Hire' link at the bottom of the page.
We need your feedback!
As our new chair is a prototype, we would really appreciate your feedback if you have tried out the chair. You can complete our short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFM6JBD or you can download our survey form below and email it back to us. Thank you.
Business owners - like to have a beach wheelchair at your premises?
If you are a business owner and would be interested in supporting access for all by having a beach wheelchair at your beach side premises, please contact us for more information.