A sailing regatta for companies in the construction industry has donated £1,500 to Cowes Sailability Club to help it provide wheelchair-accessible boating excursions for disabled people on the Isle of Wight.
The committee of the Little Britain Regatta has presented £1,500 to Cowes Sailability Club, from money raised by participants of the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2017. This much-appreciated donation will be used to fund sailing and recreational boating experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and debilitating long-term conditions this summer.
In particular, Cowes Sailability Club intends to charter WetWheels, a wheelchair-accessible motor catamaran, so that it can provide free excursions for disabled children and adults, as well as their families and carers. “Every year the Little Britain Challenge Cup brings hundreds of professional and amateur sailors to Cowes, to enjoy the experience of racing in the Solent,” says Cowes Sailability Club Commodore, Patrick de Peyer. “This donation from the regatta’s committee will enable us to give disadvantaged people on the island the opportunity to experience the same excitement of speeding through the waves on a boat.”
Peter Thomson, one of the founders of the Little Britain Regatta, says: “A key aim of the Little Britain Challenge Cup is to raise money for charities that help to make sailing and boating accessible to everyone, whether they are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from a serious or terminal illness. We first made a donation to Cowes Sailability Club around eight years ago and are delighted to be able to continue to support this very worthwhile charity.”
The Little Britain Challenge Cup will next take place on 14th – 15th September 2018. Find out more at: www.littlebritain.co.uk