Thanks to local charity Kingdom Kids, St Andrews is the new location in Fife of two fantastic Beach Wheelchairs designed to enable young wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility to get onto the beach and head down to the water’s edge.
On Sunday 3rd June 2018, the Kingdom Kids Mascot “The Kingdom Kid” made his way to the annual Chariots of Fire Beach Race on St Andrews West Sands to officially launch the new fully flexible Beach Wheelchairs. The Hamish McHamish Foundation teamed up with Tourism St Andrews on the joint initiative to secure funding and local support to bring the beach wheelchairs to St Andrews.
Kingdom Kids is Kingdom FM’s Children’s Charity which supports underprivileged and disadvantaged children in Fife. John Murray, chairperson of the charity, said “Kingdom Kids is delighted to be able to support the Hamish McHamish Foundation with the purchase of two beach wheelchairs for children.
We are sure these wheelchairs will go a long way in helping to make a trip to the West Sands Beach more accessible for even more young Fifers”
Local residents and visitors to the town will be able to book the Beach Wheelchairs in advance by calling a centralised telephone number or by using an online booking system via the Hamish McHamish Foundation website. The specialised wheelchairs not only enable beach access but are also able to cover golf course terrain.
Debbie MacCallum (a trustee of The Hamish McHamish Foundation and the current Chair of Tourism St Andrews) said: “The fundraising support and donations from individuals, organisations, local and national businesses has been overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone for their efforts in making this initiative come to fruition. Many families cannot offer their family members an inclusive day out in St Andrews due to mobility challenges. Enjoying our beaches is something that so many of us take for granted. Everyone has been passionate in their efforts to help with fundraising. International students at St Andrews University ran a number of imaginative fundraising projects to support us as did local business owners. Kingdom Kids and St Andrews Links Trust have given us wonderful support too. The community has really pulled together to make this happen in time for the summer season ahead”.