ADVENTURE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWAITS SAILING FOR THE DISABLED THANKS TO MANX LOTTERY TRUST
More people than ever before will be able to take to sea thanks to grant support from Manx Lottery Trust.
The Trust has awarded funding of more than £4,000 to make sailing more accessible for people with a disability.
Sailing for the Disabled is run entirely by volunteers and offers opportunities for people of all ages on board its yacht – Pride of Mann III.
Formed in 1984, the Manx charity will now be able to extend its 'Inclusion Zone' to members of local associations and groups who have a disability.
Sailing for the Disabled Honorary Secretary Gerry Morley said: ‘A sincere thank you to Manx Lottery Trust for the support which will make such a difference to many people who have never before had the opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing and the sense of adventure and achievement it brings. Now we will be able to run more sailings a week for associations and groups.
‘The aim of this initiative is to become more inclusive and provide more enjoyable occasions for the participants. It will also provide a much-needed additional activity and outlet for carers and guardians.’
The yacht is berthed in Douglas harbour and has special equipment to enable wheelchair users to be transferred on and off the vessel.
Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘Manx Sailing for the Disabled volunteers provide such incredible opportunities for people affected by disability.
‘Everyone involved with the charity works tirelessly to give as many people as possible the chance to experience the thrill of sailing and it's a wonderful resource of which the Island can be very proud.’
If you would like to learn more about the charity please visit: www.sftd-iom.com/