Beach wheelchairs for disabled being donated to Hampton Beach
HAMPTON (AP) — A nonprofit is donating floating beach wheelchairs at New Hampshire's Hampton Beach to be used by people with disabilities.
Five New Hampshire state beaches will be equipped with floating wheelchairs, thanks to the hard work of some Franklin Pierce students and a Massachusetts non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The wheelchairs are being donated from the group Small Miracles in Life Exist — or SMILE — Mass. The organization works to create day trips or a vacation opportunity for anyone with mobility issues.
Doctoral physical therapy students at Franklin Pierce University raised nearly $11,000 for the floating wheelchairs, which were revealed during a ceremony at Hampton beach Thursday.
Smile Mass co-founder Lotte Diomede described how she wanted her son, Nicholas, to have the same quality of life as everyone else when she discovered the wheelchairs. So far, her organization has gotten over 120 floating wheelchairs onto public beaches.
"Technology has gotten to the point where there is really nothing that should hold any of us back from making sure everyone has the same opportunity," Diomede said.
Governor Chris Sununu was there to support the project.