A DISABLED Prestatyn man has been given a specialist wheelchair by community fundraising group Belief.

Reece Davies, aged 24, who is originally from Manchester, was the victim of an unknown virus at the age of seven which left him with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties.

He has always loved being near the sea and heading to the beach, but this was very difficult in his conventional wheelchair.

Lesley, Reece’s mother, said: “We cannot thank Belief enough for giving Reece a chance to have some quality of life. It means we now have the chance to get him onto the beach which he has wanted to do for years.

“There are just no words to describe how grateful we are to this wonderful group and the people who donate to it, for making such a difference to people’s lives.

“Reece loved going on the beach, from before he was taken ill, from holidays in North Wales and Corfu. So six years ago we decided to move from Manchester to Prestatyn.”

Lesley added: “But we found it was difficult to get him onto the beach as his wheelchair sank into the sand.

“We needed a specialist wheelchair for him which could cope with sand. But these wheelchairs are very expensive. We approached Belief and they stepped in to help and bought a wheelchair for Reece.”

Steve Evans, of Meliden, who is founder of Belief, said: “On hearing of this problem we immediately wanted to help. We sourced a wheelchair, checked it was suitable, then wasted no time in purchasing it.”

Founded by Mr Evans in 2012, with five other volunteers after the St Asaph floods, the group’s the aim is to try to help make a difference to those that had been dealt a cruel hand in the community. Currently, Belief has 110 members who donate £2.50 a month each towards the charitable fund. It also holds fund raising events.