Specially-adapted wheelchairs are set to allow care home residents to visit the beach.
Edensor Care Centre in Clacton-on-Sea will now be able to ensure residents can enjoy time on the sand after taking receipt of the two wheelchairs following a fundraising campaign.
The campaign for beach wheelchairs was prompted when in his final days, Simon Keyes, 34, who was at Edensor for end-of-life care, wanted to go onto the beach.
Sadly, due to his wheelchair not being adapted for the sand this was not possible for his wish to be fulfilled.
Lindsey Milliken, deputy manager at Edensor Care Centre, said: “Edensor is very close to the beach, so it’s an ideal place for those who love the seaside to visit, however many of our residents are unable to wholly enjoy their surroundings as some are permanent wheelchair users and this makes it impossible for them to go on the sand and down to the water’s edge without specially adapted chairs.
“I was with Simon on his last visit outside the home and not being able to take him on the sand was a feeling I never wanted to experience again.”
Generous donations from Colchester Catalyst, Pickering Electronics Ltd and via a Just Giving page, have allowed Edensor to purchase two beach wheelchairs which will allow everyone at the Care Centre to use the beach.
As part of their commitment to the community, Diagrama, which runs the Edensor Care Centre, hopes to allow the local community to book one of the wheelchairs so that even more people will be able to go on the beach.