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Benone becomes NIís first fully inclusive beach

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Benone becomes NIís first fully inclusive beach thumbnailCouncillor George Duddy, Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Leisure and Development Committee is pictured with Peter Wood, Northern Ireland Chair of rugby charity Wooden Spoon and Alix Crawford, Chair of the Mae Murray Foundation at the launch of Northern

BENONE beach is Northern Ireland's first fully inclusive beach, thanks to work carried out by local charity, Mae Murray Foundation in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. The announcement was made at a recent all-ability family fun day at the beach, showcasing the new equipment including Northern Ireland's first surfboard suitable for wheelchair users.
Until now, beaches in Northern Ireland have been off limits for families of mixed abilities as there wasn't any appropriate equipment or facilities for those with additional needs. However, as a result of fundraising, lobbying and engagement by the Mae Murray Foundation, which seeks to create inclusive environments across Northern Ireland, families of all abilities are now able to enjoy time at the beach together.
Alix Crawford, founder of the charity, whose daughter Talia has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, explains: "Following seed money from Children in Need and £18k of new funding from children's rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, we are delighted to have partnered with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to announce that Benone beach is the first beach that is fully accessible for all abilities.
“There are many people, young and old, who have never felt sand running through their fingers or experienced the thrill of being in the sea, due to the inaccessibility of beaches.

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