The volunteers who breathe life into Poole Sailability passionately believe disability and ill health shouldn’t stop anyone experience the joys of sailing.
The charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, has ambitious plans to take 1,000 people to sea in 2020.
“Sailing is not only great fun, but it builds self-confidence and transforms lives,” said Trustee Peter Davies.
“We were slightly at sea with aspects of running a charity. Thanks to CAN we’ve drafted a new constitution, trained trustees and fundraisers and increased our contacts – we’re now set fair for the future,” Peter added.
It leaves more time to help people like Avril, who despite learning difficulties found the courage to do a skydive from 15,000 feet and raise £600 for the club, thanks to confidence and independence she’s gained.
Newly-elected trustee Abbé was a keen sailor before she got ME.
“I jumped at the chance to get back on the water. It’s an important part of my life,” said Abbé, who has recently been assessed as a boat skipper with the charity.
Sailability is supported by members’ fundraising, donations and grants. Anyone with a disability or illness can apply to join and new volunteers are always welcome.
In 2019 it ran 83 community outreach sailing sessions for groups including Dorset Blind Association, Parkinson’s UK and Poole Young Carers. It also helps children from specialist schools including Portfield, Montacute and Beaucroft.
This year the charity is delighted to be the chosen charity of Poole Regatta.
For more visit: poolesailability.org.uk or call 07935 068532.