Pony access creator Simon thanked for granting Jean's beach wish
PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 October 2017
The daughter of a woman from Exmouth has thanked Simon Mulholland for allowing her mum to get on the beach one last time before she died.
The daughter of an Exmouth woman has paid tribute to the man who made one of her mum’s last wishes come true.
Tina Knight has thanked Simon Mulholland and his homemade chariot, pulled by Obama the pony, for giving her mum the chance to get on to Exmouth beach one last time before she died.
Her mum, Jean Diggines, 86, who suffered for more than 20 years with breast cancer, was given the opportunity to get on to Exmouth beach thanks to Simon Mulholland’s chariot.
Jean, who relied on a wheelchair to get around prior to her death last month, was able to spend four hours on the beach with her husband Eric, who also had mobility issues after having his leg amputated last year.
Jean, who died a week later, told her daughter Tina Knight after that it was the ‘fourth best’ day of her life.
Tina had been looking with her sister to find a way to allow the couple one more chance at a day at the seaside.
She said: “Before she died, mum said she wanted to be able to get on the beach again.
“We began looking on the internet for ways that mum could have access to the beach and suddenly, out of the blue, this thing came up called Pony Access.
“Simon took them down to the beach and Orcombe Point.”
Along with her husband Eric, aged 90, Jean lived in Exmouth for the past 30 years.
The couple have been keen sailors and, up until 10 years ago, had a boat moored in the Exe Estuary.
Jean was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 20 years ago and set up the Can Cope support group in Exmouth for people with the incurable disease.
Simon has been organising trips on his chariot for many years and has often been seen on Exmouth beach.
His pony-drawn chariot helps people in wheelchairs get to places previously thought to be inaccessible.
In 2013, the Journal reported how Simon had helped a multiple sclerosis sufferer get on to the beach, having previously been forced to watch other people enjoying the beauty spot.
Although now based in Scotland, Simon can still arrange to offer his service in Exmouth and East Devon.
n For more information about the service go to www.ponyaxes.com