A local charity has received a £1,000 donation from Barratt Homes to help purchase a new specialised wheelchair for use on sand.
Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs, part of the Sand Bothy and Belhelvie Community Trust, offers specialised all-terrain wheelchairs to families and carers so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the popular beach and sand dunes.
The service has proven to be so popular that the group is in need of another wheelchair.
The donation has been made as part of Barratt Homes’ Community Fund, which has been set up to support charities, services and organisations based in the North of Scotland.
The initiative will see Barratt Homes donate £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation that works to improve the quality of life for those living in the region.
Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs is among the first few beneficiaries of the scheme, having been identified for its important role in improving access to Balmedie Beach for those with limited mobility.
Rosie Nicol from Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs, said: “We are a volunteer-run organisation so we’re thrilled that we have been selected to receive this kind donation.
“Everything that we do is not-for-profit, from running an information centre to a refreshment kiosk, and it all goes back to supporting the Sand Bothy in Balmedie and the Beach Wheelchairs. This donation from Barratt Homes brings us a step forward to purchasing another wheelchair and letting even more people experience the beach.”
Last year £1.2 million was donated to causes across the UK by Barratt Homes and its sister brand David Wilson Homes.
David Palmer, Managing Director for Barratt North Scotland, said: “Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs is exactly the kind of organisation that we’re looking to support with the Community Fund. They provide an invaluable service and have had users travel from as far as Bristol come to try out the beach wheelchairs, so it’s a fantastic cause.
“At Barratt North Scotland we are committed to supporting the communities we serve, and through this fund, which is being guided by causes close to our employees’ hearts, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the services that make a positive impact on so many lives.”