Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE is to become Honorary President of a new charity, Beach Access North East, aiming to make the North East beaches accessible to everyone.
The charity which was formed this year will provide beach wheelchairs at two of the region’s most popular beaches. These wheelchairs allow individuals with disabilities to access the beach in custom built chairs.
Stephen tried the chairs for the first time last year and when the charity asked him to get involved he jumped at the chance.
Stephen said “Being able to get onto the beach is something which can be really difficult for disabled people, especially those in wheelchairs. Having the opportunity to try the beach wheelchairs last year was great fun and I am now so excited to be able to work with Beach Access North East to bring this chance to more people. I would recommend coming along to one of the events in May to give the chairs ago”.
Caroline Corfield, Trustee for Beach Access North East said “We’re really pleased to have Stephen onboard, he has a very high profile in the North East and is such an inspiration, especially to young people.”
The wheelchairs will be available 10am – 12pm at Tynemouth on Monday 29th May and at Blyth Beach 2pm – 4pm on the same day. Access to the chairs is free of charge.
At Blyth Beach a Mobiloo, a mobile changing place, will also be available.
Join Beach Access North East on the 29th May for more information on how to book the chairs or become a volunteer.
For more information on the charity itself please contact us on 0300 999 4444 option 1 for Blyth, option 2 for Tynemouth.