Councillor Pauline Stott sets her sights on raising five-figure sum for beach wheelchairs
Fun in the sun for all
An Exmouth Town Councillor, Councillor Pauline Stott, has set her sights on raising a five-figure sum via Crowdfunder in aid of the Exmouth Beach Wheelchairs Project.
Exmouth Town Council is backing the project with the aim of purchasing three all-terrain wheelchairs so that town residents and visitors with mobility issues can access the 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.
Launching on Wednesday 27th November 2019, Exmouth Town Councillor Stott’s Crowdfunder appeal aims initially to raise the minimum 25% of the projected £30,000 costs, with further match funding then potentially available from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Sport England and the Devon and Cornwall Police Community Resilience Fund.
It is hoped that sufficient money will be raised to purchase three wheelchairs as well as a much-needed hoist for the project and a dedicated storage unit.
Councillor Stott said she had been “blown away” by support for the project and hopes that people will dig deep and pledge sufficient funds to enable the Town Council to access the match funding so that the project can become a reality for Summer 2020.
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.”
To find out more and make a financial pledge towards the project, please visit: