Big Beach Day for those with learning disabilities
A beach day organised by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly took place on Friday 3 September at North Fistral Beach in Newquay, for those with learning disabilities and their carers.
The day offered a range of fun for attendees across the county, including games organised by Cornwall Sports Partnership, like beach volleyball and tag rugby, and rock pooling. Local organisation Freedom Surf was on hand to offer taster surfing lessons at the free event, while the NHS Health Promotion team were present to talk about sun safety and healthy living.
Kirsty Butterly, an adult with learning disabilities who attended the day, said: "Surfing was good fun – I've never tried it before. I was nervous at first but then really enjoyed it. The beach day was a really good idea, and I met lots of new people."
Mark Hill from Freedom Surf, said: "We are really proud to be part of the event and raise the profile of freedom from disability."
Steve Hillman, Disability Sports Development Officer from Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "The day has been fantastic! All the participants really enjoyed themselves and I was very impressed with the level of enthusiasm during the beach sports. The volleyball went down a real storm and the tag rugby raised a few heart rates – running on the sand isn't easy!"
Jo McEvoy, Deputy Director of Partnership Commissioning at NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Community Health Services, said: "This was a fantastic event and was a great chance for both adults with learning disabilities and their carers to enjoy a day at North Fistral's beautiful beach, and try out something new. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves!"