Spinal Accidents Eire and Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay have introduced the set up of a brand new Oxford Dipper Hoist to permit wheelchair customers to simply entry boats.
Wheelchair consumer, Jenny Needham, is the Administration Supervisor on the Marina and she or he welcomes the hoist as “it’s bringing accessibility to the harbour”. The marina additionally has a completely accessible self-contained bathroom and bathe which is instantly accessible from the forecourt.
Paal Janson, Common Supervisor of Dun Laoghaire Marina says “selling and facilitating accessible boating has lengthy been an necessary trigger for Dun Laoghaire Marina. Incapacity shouldn’t be a barrier to getting out on the water and we’re eager to facilitate that ambition. We’re happy to work with Spinal Accidents Eire to make entry for all a actuality.”
Spinal Accidents Eire have a RIB, Niamh, berthed within the marina and this can be a widespread aspect of their Let’s Go Exercise Programme. Individuals who have suffered a spinal twine harm can make a journey up the Liffey with household or buddies and perhaps a spin round Dalkey Island, climate and tide allowing, earlier than having fun with tasty fish and chips from the East Pier. The sort of expertise can present somebody who has skilled such a life-changing harm that there’s enjoyable available and provides them confidence to tackle new challenges and set new targets.
Fiona Bolger, CEO of SII, states “SII’s powerboat journeys in Dublin Bay are certainly one of our hottest actions. Usually the journey in Dublin Bay is the primary time a newly injured individual and their household go on an tour collectively and the suggestions could be very constructive. We couldn’t present this service if it was not for Dun Laoghaire Marina, MGM Boats and our workforce of loyal volunteers.’
The acquisition of the brand new hoist was partly funded by HSE Nationwide Lottery Grant, a Group Exercise Grant from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and funding from Dun Laoghaire Marina.
Spinal Accidents Eire would additionally prefer to thank Paal Janson and the workforce at Dun Laoghaire Marina for supporting the programme and Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats for his beneficiant sponsorship of the gas.