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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

'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.

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


Scoot-a-long charity fights for survival

Scoot-a-Long helps disabled people get out and about Credit: ITV News

A Plymouth charity that provides mobility scooters says it needs to raise £8,000 or it could close.

Scoot-a-long helps 1,000 disabled people a year by taking them out on day trips and providing mobility scooters. It says it's the only organisation like it in the South West.

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