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Beach Wheelchair Access For Roker Beach

Funded on Spacehive 10 June 2022 Delivered 9 February 2023

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Beach Wheelchair Access For Roker Beach

Beach Wheelchair Access For Roker Beach

Beach Access North East By Beach Access North East

Make our beautiful beach at Sunderland more accessible. Provide the remaining funds needed to secure the equipment and infrastructure for a free beach wheelchair loan service for Roker Beach.

Roker Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 10 Jun 2022!

In late 2019, in conjunction with Headway Wearside and Sunderland Parent Carer Forum, we put together a successful funding bid to Sunderland's North Area Neighbourhood Fund, securing the funding for a container and beach wheelchairs to be sited at Roker Beach. Then a global pandemic hit and progress was halted. Unfortunately, since the bid was made, costs escalated, leaving the project a shortfall of £13,500. Thanks to the fantastic support of all individuals, organisations and supporters involved we have already secured £8,500, leaving us still to raise a further £5000. The money will purchase a maintenance free, timber clad container to be sited near to the beach. It will also have the preliminary work completed to allow it to be hooked up to electricity at a later date.

What we'll deliver:

  • Timber clad maintenance free container

Why it's a great idea:

We know from our experiences at other sites, that the beach wheelchairs not only bring more locals to the beach, but also attracts people from further afield. We have met numerous people who chose to visit or holiday in the area, specifically because of the ability to access the beach. Being next to the sea and on the beach has been shown to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing, so opening that up to more people can only be a good thing! The container will be sited next to the beach enabling easy access for people who want to get onto the sand at Roker Beach and enjoy it like everyone else does. As the container will be ready to take electricity at a later date, it will enable both a hoist and powered chairs could be available there in the future.

Steps to get it done:

  • Finishing groundworks
  • Installation of timber clad container

A 'trial' day held at Roker earlier in the year was a great success, with a huge amount of support being shown by the local community and businesses. It will increase the activity range of day centres and schools, just as we have seem in other locations. It will enable more families to be on the beach together and enjoy picnics and paddling. In general it will improve accessibility, one small step in reducing barriers.

Location Roker

About the space

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Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,373

Maintenance free timber clad container ready for electric power - £5,000 (93%)
Other - £373 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Maintenance free timber clad container ready for electric power
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Electricity Supply

Total £5,373

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