A FUNDRAISING dog walk is being held to help a woman whose life would be improved significantly by an all-terrain power wheelchair.

Wight Agility Group is hosting the event, open to everyone with a dog, at 12 noon on Sunday, November 18, at Appley.

The money raised will help Nicola Bell to use Ryde beach with her springer spaniel Zach.

Nicola, 47, contracted meningitis in 2003 and suffered five further attacks, which left her with a lot of medical issues, including mobility problems and severe motion sickness.

She said: "My condition is known as Mollaretts Meningitis which is basically recurrent meningitis. The virus was dormant for a while but I had another minor attack in March this year.

"I currently use a quickie salsa power chair but unfortunately it doesn't like uneven surfaces like sand, grass, stones, mud etc, so I am very restricted where I can and can't go.

"I am a real outdoor person and am really struggling not being able to go where I want to. In 2004 I climbed Mount Snowdon to the summit and now in 2018 I'm in a wheelchair.

"I have looked into an all-terrain wheelchair but unfortunately they start from £13,000.

"I would love to go to the beach again so I am hoping to do a few fundraising events like an auction of promises and quiz show, but my personal involvement will be limited due to my health issues."

To take part in the dog walk, meet in the main car park at Appley. The walk will head towards Seaview along the beach, approximately 3.5 miles and two hours, round trip.

A suggested donation of £10 can be paid at the start or via www.gofundme.com/5paoqmw