Elderly care home residents giggle and gasp in shock as they dip their toes in the sea during a trip to the beach in specialist wheelchairs
- Photos shared to Facebook capture Swn-y-Mor Care Centre residents at beach
- Elderly couple giggle and gasp in shock as their toes touch water in DeBug chair
- The all terrain chairs with balloon-like wheels bought last year after fundraiser
Elderly care home residents were overjoyed to get the chance to dip their toes in the sea when they took a trip to the beach in their specialist wheelchairs.
In the photographs shared to Facebook, which have since been shared more than 4,800 times, Margaret Pullen, 84, and Richard Henry, 88, can be seen giggling and gasping as the waves at Swansea Bay splashed against their feet.
The Swn-y-Mor Care Centre in Port Talbot, Wales, had hired the deBug chairs for a week last year before eventually deciding to raise the funds to purchase a pair for themselves.
And social media users were touched by the heartwarming pictures – with one dubbing the smiles on their faces ‘priceless.’
‘The enjoyment is plain to see. Well Done Joe Gage and everyone else involved, making some people very happy,’ wrote one, while another commented: ‘Love this. What a lovely thing to do for these residents, look at their faces – priceless.’
Margaret Pullen, 84, and Richard Henry, 88, (pictured) were overjoyed to get the chance to dip their toes in the sea when they took a trip to the beach in specialist wheelchairs
A third added: ‘I am overjoyed to see this omg what a great way for young and old to be part of the ocean again or even for their first time… Thank you’.
The elderly residents were accompanied by Osprey’s Rugby club volunteer Joe Gage, 23, who pushed the residents across the beach and into the surf.
Posting the photographs on social media, the care home wrote: ‘Busy day, more of our ladies and gents out on the beach wheelchairs with the help of Joe Gage, and then straight after games in the garden with employees of Tata steel and Joe.
‘Thank you all for enthusiasm the residents enjoyed your company and looking forward to your next visit x’.
The post has since been shared more than 4,800 times and has gathered hundreds of comments (pictured)
The photographs, shared to Facebook by the care home, captured residents of the Swn-y-Mor Care Centre in Port Talbot, Wales, as they enjoyed a day out in their DeBug chairs
Another resident, Muriel, was seen keeping warm with a blanket on her lap as volunteer Joe Gage pushed her in the wheelchair across the beach (pictured)
Another resident, Muriel, was seen keeping warm with a blanket on her lap as Joe pushed her in the wheelchair across the beach.
Lillian was joined by her granddaughter Sophie for the outing, who happened to be walking past the beach at the time.
Care home manager Sharon Williams told Metro: ‘They just absolutely love them, just to be able to put their toes back in the water and feel the water on their feet.
‘We’ve had inquiries from all over the world asking where we bought the wheelchairs from because there’s so many places that would like to use them as well.’
The Care Centre had hired some of the chairs for a week last year before deciding to raise the funds to purchase a pair of the Deming Design seats. Pictured, resident Muriel
Lillian was joined by her granddaughter Sophie for the outing, who happened to be walking past the beach at the time (pictured)
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