Accessibility

Hands Up for the Beach

Everyone should be able to enjoy a day out at the beach!

What’s it all about?

‘Hands Up for the beach’ started off in Summer 2016 as a project to find out why families in Northern Ireland are excluded from beach environments and to establish a plan of how we could help. After seedling funding from BBC Children in Need we were delighted to introduce our first beach wheelchair (pictured here), along with the very first ‘wheelchair’ surfboard to the province. This amazing piece of kit, designed by a team from the national charity Cerebra, together with their advisors in Wales, means surf can now be accessed by people with a range of physical ability. Have a look at the video (pictured below) to see the equipment in action.

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‘Hippocampe‘ beach chair

Where are we now?

Thanks to over £18K funding from Wooden Spoon – the children’s charity of rugby,  and partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,  we are excited to announce that we now have a full range of mobility and personal care equipment based at Benone Beach, Limavady. Our first ‘Inclusive’ Beach launched on Tuesday 29 August 2017 and a range of equipment including beach and floating chairs, beach walker, beach crutches, hoist and shower trolley is now available to pre-book by Mae Murray Foundation members. Membership is free and is open to any families who will benefit from using this equipment. Click on the Become a Member button at the top of our home page to join now.

To find out about more about booking procedures, the full range of equipment available, booking time slots etc PLEASE CHECK OUT THE RANGE OF DOCUMENTS further down this page. It is essential to read our Terms and Conditions along with Frequently Asked Questions. Once you have read all of the documents and know the type of equipment you wish to borrow and understand the booking system you can then proceed to click on the Beach Equipment Online Booking Form to request a booking.

Mae Murray Foundation is continuing to engage with other councils and hope to introduce a further two ‘Inclusive’ beaches in 2018.  If you would like to record your need, please complete our short survey here. (All data will be held in accordance with current legislation.)

If you would like to support this important work, check out our Donate page for different ways to contribute and perhaps ask friends and family to join you. Your donation will help ensure that all children in Northern Ireland have the opportunity to enjoy a day out at the beach, regardless of ability or personal care need.

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