Official Opening of St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs Centre

Wed 10 Oct 18

The Opening of “Jerry's Wee Hoose”

Saturday 6th October was a beautiful day for the opening of the Beach Wheelchair Centre in St Andrews.  The team were delighted that so many people turned out to see the new home for the St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs which were launched at the start of this year’s summer season.

The project has been an immense success over the summer months and enabled many families to enjoy the delights of St Andrews beaches which was previously impossible for many to do. The official opening of the centre was an afternoon of celebration with all the beach wheelchairs purchased this year on display and Starbucks St Andrews very kindly supplied delicious coffee, hot chocolate and cakes which was much appreciated.

Peter German, Tournament Director of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, very kindly spared time in his diary during a busy weekend and cut the red ribbon to formally open the centre.  The chairs are designed to not only cover beach terrain but are also capable of covering golf course terrain.  Jerry Beaulier, Chair of the Beach Wheelchairs committee, and the Trustees of the Hamish Foundation welcomed everyone and thanked the many sponsors of the project for their wonderful support.

The event also included Amy Newton from the Fife Multiple Sclerosis Society kindly presenting a cheque for £3500 donation towards the purchase of a new chair.

The committee decided to name the centre “Jerry’s Wee Hoose” in recognition of the tireless effort local resident Jerry Beaulier has contributed to the project this year. Jerry has been a well-known face at the beach this year assisting families with operation of the service offered to locals and visitors to St Andrews. 

Debbie MacCallum (a founder of The Hamish Foundation and current Chair of Tourism St Andrews the local tourism association) said: “It has been a very busy summer season since the launch of the project earlier in the year. We have organised fundraising activities, purchased the chairs, organised the purchase and branding of the new centre and marketed the beach wheelchairs service throughout Scotland. It has been an enormous team effort which could not have been possible without lots of hard work and fantastic support from our sponsors. The official opening at the weekend was not only to celebrate the new centre, but to also let our sponsors see how their donations have been used to create and operationalise a valuable service for St Andrews”.

The St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs service will be available until the end of October and then available again from April 2019 and the volunteers are looking forward to welcoming their customers next year.  The service is free to use, however, donations towards purchase of new chairs and ongoing operational activities is always greatly appreciated and donations can be made via the JustGiving website found at justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/hamishfoundation/beachwheelchairs.

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