Ryde Beach Accessibility

by Ryde Town Council in Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Ryde Beach Accessibility

Total raised £17,417

£25,000 target 5 days left
69% 104 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st May 2024 at 8:45pm

Make Ryde Beach accessible to all! Install seasonal boardwalk, provide specialised wheelchairs. Let's create an inclusive seaside experience

by Ryde Town Council in Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Welcome to our crowdfunding campaign dedicated to making Ryde Beach on the Isle of Wight accessible to everyone! 

Imagine strolling along 5 miles of sandy beaches, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, and hearing the soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore. For many, this idyllic scene is a reality, but unfortunately, for some members of our community, it remains out of reach due to accessibility barriers.

We believe that nobody should miss out on the simple joys of beach days with friends and family due to mobility challenges. That's why we're embarking on an ambitious project to ensure that Ryde Beach becomes a welcoming destination for all. 

Improving accessibility not only enhances physical health but also has a profound impact on mental well-being. By providing accessible facilities and equipment, we aim to empower individuals to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the beach and sea swimming, fostering a sense of belonging and happiness for all members of our community. 

With the generous support of local entities such as the Isle of Wight Council, Visit Isle of Wight, Hovertravel, Ryde Community Development Trust, Unlimited Island, Isle Access and Grace’s Bakery, we've laid the groundwork for our vision. Now, we need YOUR HELP to take it to the next level.

How will we spend the funds raised?

In collaboration with accessibility advocates including Isle Access, Unlimited Island, and the Isle of Wight Council, we're proposing the installation of a seasonal wooden boardwalk. This boardwalk will provide a smooth and accessible pathway on the sand during the summer months, allowing pedestrians, families with strollers, and individuals with limited mobility or in wheelchairs to enjoy the beach experience. Thanks to existing contributions from Ryde Town Council and Isle of Wight Council, construction of the wooden boardwalk is already underway with the help of NaShers (Nettlestone and Seaview Sheds) who have already completed an impressive number of sections. 

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But that's not all. We're also committed to ensuring that beach access extends beyond the boardwalk. Through public consultations held in the summer of 2023, we've gained valuable insights into the specific needs of individuals with disabilities. From these discussions, it became clear that features such as lateral supports, headrests, and chest straps are essential for enhancing comfort and safety. With your support, we aim to incorporate these features into our upcoming order of beach and water wheelchairs.

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And this is just the start! If we secure adequate funds, we aim to expand accessibility by adding a Changing Place, extending boardwalks to more beaches, and potentially increasing the availability of beach and sea wheelchairs based on demand.  

Together, we can make Ryde Beach a place where everyone feels welcome and included. Join us in creating a community where accessibility knows no bounds, and together, let's make beach days truly accessible for all.


How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Hursts Voucher

Discover why Islanders always "Try Hurst's First"! Our shop boasts an extensive range of goods, from hardware to home essentials. With this voucher, you can explore our diverse selection and find just what you need: workshop essentials, cookware, garden tools and furniture, electrical items. Shop local and discover the convenience and quality at Hurst's!

£5 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Single Paddleboard hire for 1 hour

Embark on a serene adventure with our paddleboard hire for 1 hour! Collect your board from the Marina Office on Harbour Beach and glide across the tranquil waters. Experience the thrill of paddleboarding while soaking in the scenic beauty. A delightful escape worh £10!

£10 or more

Signed Papa Owl goes to Rocket Island book

This exclusively signed illustrated book tells the story of an inventor called Papa Owl who in this book lives in a Tower by the sea on the fictional Sandy Island. Written by Michael Lilley (Ryde Cllr) and illustrated by local artist Helen Stiles, this book is published as part of an Age Friendly Island Campaign to make children and parents aware of how the older generation has much to offer.

£10 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Double Kayak hire for 1 hour

Embark on a thrilling aquatic adventure with our double kayak hire for 1 hour! Collect your kayak from the Marina Office on Harbour Beach and explore the stunning coastline. Enjoy the value of £15 for an unforgettable hour on the water!

£10 or more

10% discount at No 66, Union Street

No 66 is a lovely independent shop with a wide range of cards and gifts for all occasions. Children's toys, Alex Clark mugs, East of India, rainbow crockery, books plus local artist gifts. Check out the adult humour section. Open 7 days a week and located on Union Street in Ryde. This Reward offers a 10% discount on the full range in stock.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

20% discount on Escape Rooms at Aspire, Ryde

Embark on an adventure like no other with "The Lost Crypt" – the UK's sole escape room nestled within a real church crypt! Test your wits in a 60-minute race against time, solving puzzles and unravelling clues to secure your freedom. Each booking supports Aspire Ryde Charity. RRP depending on size of booking (4 people equals a £16 discount, 6 people £24 discount). Can you escape before time runs out?

£150 or more

Small Business/Independents Accessibility Audit

Training worth £299, delivered by Unlimited Island: 1:1 training around employing staff with disabilities and how this might affect the organisation and improve profit margins, OR How to create accessible environments for customers with disabilities and improve customer retention, OR Bespoke training according to the sponsor's requirements (Up to 5 hours).

£250 or more

Business Accessibility Audit worth £499+

Full accessibility audit of premises by Unlimited Island, covering current legislation, a detailed report on strengths, improvement areas, and compliance recommendations, plus funding source info, OR One full-day or 2 half-day sessions of Full Access & Inclusion training tailored to your business, OR One full-day or 2 half-day sessions on business responsibilities towards employees with disabilities, including making reasonable adjustment

£5,000 or more


* Joint press release announcing the partnership * Prominent logo placement on our Marina Office * Recognition in marketing material * Social media mentions and gratitude posts (min 5) * Logo on the official project webpage * Invitation to the official launch event * First refusal on any future accessibility opportunities * Opportunity to link to your CSR policy

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Kayak hire for 1 hour

Embark on a thrilling adventure with our 1-hour single kayak hire! Collect your kayak from the Marina Office on Harbour Beach and explore the picturesque coastline at your own pace. With stunning views and serene waters, it's an experience worth £10 that you won't want to miss!

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