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Beach accessibility event starts this month

11th July 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

As the summer gets into full swing, more and more people are taking to the country’s beaches, but some elderly and mobility restricted residents will be hoping British beaches take a leaf out of Bruges’ book, where a beach accessibility event will soon be taking place throughout July and August. The event will offer free beach wheelchairs and special wheelchairs that are adapted to go in the water, alongside trained assistants and accessible facilities.

The ‘Sun, sea, ... Carefree, a beach accessible for everyone’ event on Bruges’ the Badengebouw will see all manner of people bring their mobility difficulties to the beach where there will be trained assistants ready and waiting to help any individuals who wish to gain access to the beach.

Accessible nature

For those who struggle with their mobility and rely on curved stair lifts and other such aids within the home, the beach may seem like an inaccessible place, yet what this event is trying to do is to reassure the elderly and those with reduced mobility that they too can see the seaside.

While Bruges is leading the way for accessibility events on the beach it is a feature that has been seen on British shores for many years now. Britons can now find an accessible beach near them by taking a read of this previous article, which details some of the UK’s top accessible beaches.

From Cornwall, Wales and Dorset and their work in improving facilities for their less able of visitors to Bournemouth’s dedication to improving the accessibility of their seafront with their specially created purpose-built accessible beach huts, the UK is improving the seaside experience for all. If you feel more at home in leather rise and recliner chairs than deckchairs there are many popular seaside resorts that supply all-terrain wheelchair hire so that everyone can make the most of the British summertime, including Bournemouth.

Image Credit: Bournemouth Tourism

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