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Where to hire sand chairs on Cornwall's beaches

A sand chair in use at Polzeath Credit: ITV News

Sand chairs that mean people with disabilities can access the beach are now available at ten sites in Cornwall.

Normal wheelchairs do not work well on sand, which can also damage them.

Cornwall Mobility has taken over the fleet and has created an online map showing where they can be hired.

Find out more here.

Credit: Cornwall Mobility


Blind girl to leave school over bullying fears

Kristy Hooper and her daughter Lily-Grace Credit: ITV News

The mother of a blind girl banned from using her walking cane at a South Gloucestershire school says she's now leaving because of fears she'll be bullied.

Seven year old Lily-Grace Hooper was told she couldn't take her cane to Hambrook Primary for health and safety reasons.

She will move schools in January.

Lily-Grace says her walking cane helps her get around safely Credit: Family

'Benefit cuts will stop me getting to work', says disabled man

Tim Hill needs his specially adapted car to help him get to work. Credit: ITV West Country

A disabled man from Plymouth says changes to his benefits mean he will no longer be able to afford the specially adapted car that helps him to get to work.

Tim Hill cannot walk without assistance, and has been told he'll now have to pay more towards the car he uses - which he says is a lifeline.

Disability campaigners argue his case shows the need for a full review of the disability allowance system.

Paralysed Gloucestershire student's Tough Mudder triumph

Rob Camm controls his wheelchair with his chin. Credit: ITV West Country
Rob Camm and his team conquered the 12-mile course near Cirencester. Credit: ITV West Country

A Gloucestershire student has become the first tetraplegic person in the world to take part in a Tough Mudder challenge.

21-year-old Rob Camm and his team navigated the 12-mile course near Cirencester on a wheelchair that he controls with his chin.

He was left paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator following a car crash in September 2013.

You can see Katie Rowlett's report on Rob's triumph here:

And you can watch her report on the Tough Mudder here:

Sand chairs return to Polzeath beach

In August 2014 sand chairs were destroyed on Polzeath beach Credit: ITV News

Special chairs that allow disabled people to use the beach will be back on Polzeath beach today - a year since they were destroyed by vandals.

Sand Chairs or beach access wheelchairs can be used in a range of outdoor environments. The adapted chairs cost thousands of pounds and the charity Disability Cornwall look for sponsors to help purchase them.

When they were destroyed at the Cornish beach last year it meant wheelchair users couldn't access the beach easily for the rest of the summer.

Two chairs will be back in action from today and they will be looked after by Wavehunters surf school.

These chairs were in constant demand from folk with a disability, amputees, older people and anyone else who needed them – it will be amazing to have a new pair on the beach – I am so excited!

– Tommy Potterton, Wavehunters
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