Disability group eyes all-terrain wheelchairs to make Shetland accessible

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A disability group on Shetland is hoping to secure cash funding so that it can invest in a fleet of all-terrain wheelchairs so people with limited mobility can access the island’s beaches and coastline.

Disability Shetland has been shortlisted for funding from a Tesco initiative which offers community grants worth £7,200.

The group’s team leader, Stephanie Bain, believes new wheelchairs would offer equal access to challenging terrain and is campaigning to secure the funding.

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She told Shetland News: “In Shetland we have many beautiful beaches, nature reserves and coastline. Unfortunately it can be very difficult for someone who has a physical disability to access any kind of off-road environment due to the design of their wheelchair, their walking stick/frame or due to their sensory impairment.”

The group plans to purchase all-terrain wheelchairs which people will be able to lend so that they can tackle beaches, hills, forest and coastline.

“These chairs will improve the lives of people with disabilities and prevent exclusion and isolation,” added Bain.

The community of Shetland is currently voting on where the Tesco funding will go and a decision is expected to be reached in March.

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