Spinal Cord Injuries Australia representative Jim Wicks (left) accepts the grant from Jason Bourke, Erica Farag and Darren Kidd.
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia representative Jim Wicks (left) accepts the grant from Jason Bourke, Erica Farag and Darren Kidd.

Beach House has a quality holiday for spinal injury disabled

THE BEACH House, an accessible holiday home in Coffs Harbour for people with spinal cord injury and similar disabilities, will receive a refurbishment thanks to a grant of over $27,000 from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

The house is in need of a variety of minor repairs and a refresh to give people with disabilities the holiday and break they deserve, in a beautifully relaxing environment.

Foundation chairman Michael Slater said the grant will benefit many people living with a spinal cord injury and provide them with a high quality facility to use for short term holidays in Coffs Harbour.

"Many people who are affected experience isolation and have limited options for holiday accommodation, given the special facilities required to support their needs," Michael said.

"This type of community project which reduces isolation and improves the social wellbeing of those who live with disability fits the ethos of the charity very well."

Peter and Lenore Brooks from Tamworth are parents to Dallas who has quadriplegia and are staying at The Beach House.

"We all first holidayed here together as a family last year," Peter said.

"Dallas has now moved to Coffs Harbour, so we've come from Tamworth for a visit.

"It's a wonderful service that keeps people with spinal cord injury and their families connected."

Refurbishment will have the house ready for the summer holidays.

Any local business or residents interested in helping refurbish The Beach House by donating goods or services should email scia@scia.org.au



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