A crowdfunding bid has been launched to help Exmouth become the first place in East Devon to offer beach wheelchairs to disabled residents and visitors.
Campaigning Councillor Pauline Stott has set her sights on raising £30,000 for a trio of the all-terrain items.
She hopes they will allow people with mobility issues to access the seafront’s sands and has been backed by her town council colleagues.
The crowdfunding effort is aiming to net a quarter of the five-figure sum – unlocking match-funding to make the aspiration a reality for summer 2020.
Councillor Stott says she has been ‘blown away’ by support for the project and hopes that people will dig deep and pledge funds.
She added: “I’ve met individuals who have never been on the beach and families that no longer go to the seaside as they can’t go onto the beach together.
“This scheme will help to change that so more people can enjoy Exmouth’s beautiful beach.”
Fitted with large pneumatic wheels, the wheelchairs will be available to borrow by people with limited mobility for a small refundable cash deposit.
The chairs are suitable for all ages and are designed to help users to enjoy a day at the beach with their family and friends.
The crowdfunding appeal was launched at noon today (Wednesday, November 27).
Raising 25 per cent of the overall cost will enable Exmouth Town Council to apply for match-funding from the county and district councils, Sport England and Devon and Cornwall Police.
It is hoped that enough money will be raised to purchase three beach wheelchairs, as well as a much-needed hoist for the project and a dedicated storage unit.
To find out more about the campaign, or to make a donation, click here.
Eastdevonnews.co.uk first revealed plans to bring wheelchairs to Exmouth in September. Read more below.