Bamburgh surf school secures funding to provide lessons for the disabled

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NE Surf, owned and operated by Emily Grimes and Chris Churchill, has been supported by UnLtd to provide surf therapy and adaptive surf lessons.

The couple are convinced that surfing can be really positive therapy, both physically and mentally.

And they are delighted to be able to further improve accessibility for all in Bamburgh following the introduction of beach wheelchairs last year.

Surfing in Bamburgh.

Emily said: “Funding and support has already made a huge difference in helping us achieve our social goals.

“The funding has enabled us to get five of our instructors certified as Adaptive Surf Instructors, which will greatly increase our knowledge and ability to deliver fully inclusive surf lessons.

“We also have a budget to use for adaptive surfing equipment which will be amazing for the disabled community in Northumberland.

“We are delighted to be able to offer surf lessons to users of the newly installed beach wheelchairs in Bamburgh.

Tailored surf lessons are provided by NE Surf in Bamburgh.

“Unltd’s business support has helped us develop NE Surf Society, an incorporated charity, through which we can focus solely on our social goals of using surfing for the benefit of the community.

“We already have funding and projects underway that will allow us to provide free or heavily subsidized surfing and surf therapy to those who need it most and would not normally be able to access it.

“We are so thrilled to share our passion with even more people and see the joy on their faces when they discover the magical, free playground right on our doorstep.”

The average price for a surf lesson in Northumberland is between £30 and £35 and there is currently no suitable surfing equipment in the entire county.

This lack of affordable access and adaptive equipment puts Northumberland far behind other coastal regions, where surf therapy and adaptive surfing are more readily available.

UnLtd, the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, is currently working hard with public and private sector partners to deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges.

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