Disabled and disadvantaged people in the Solent region could soon be taking control of their own specially adapted powerboat, based at the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
National powerboating charity Wetwheels has launched its fundraising campaign to bring one of its purpose-built, fully-accessible vessels to the region. The charity already operates a boat in Portsmouth and another in Jersey. Yachtsman and former All at Sea columnist Geoff Holt MBE set the charity up three years ago and explained why there is a need for a new boat on the Hamble river:
“As a disabled person myself, I know the pleasure, fun and sense of freedom I feel when I’m on the water. I set up Wetwheels so other disabled people of all ages could also share those experiences. Of all the people who come on Wetwheels, about 60% tell us they have never been on the water before because the opportunity has not previously existed. What makes Wetwheels extra-special is that everyone who comes on the boat has the opportunity to drive the boat, wheelchair users included.”
The Campaign has already raised nearly £70,000 in cash and products towards its £155,000 target required to buy the new boat. To donate: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/wetwheelsfoundation/hamble