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CARP CHAT
NEW CHALLENGES, NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED
Papercourt Sailability launches its new Wheelyboat
to give the wheelchair users an ability to get afloat
Papercourt Sailability, which currently
provides sailing opportunities for the
disabled of all ages, announces the
launching and naming of its new
Wheelyboat. This will extend Papercourt Sailability’s offer to a much
wider range of disabled participants
and enable the club to offer Powerability, the new on water motorised
twin of the established Sailability programme run by the RYA.
A fully accessible Mk III Wheelyboat will be launched this week, on
Friday 15 June, by Cllr. and Mrs Mike
Parsons, the Mayor and Mayoress of
Guildford to join Papercourt Sailability’s fleet of boats designed to be
sailed by the disabled. Papercourt
Sailability won the Mayor’s Award for
Disabled Access last Autumn and this
new vessel will provide safe, dignified
and easy access to the water for all
people, regardless of their ability and
physical capabilities.
Papercourt Sailability is part of a
RYA nationwide scheme, which offers
people of all abilities the opportunity
to enjoy the fun and freedom of sailing. The Papercourt Sailability and
The Wheelyboat Trust have a joint
vision – to provide mobility impaired
people, young and old, with the
opportunity and freedom to participate in waterborne activities.
Papercourt Sailability is an integrated part of Papercourt Sailing Club,
one of the largest and most successful
clubs in the South East, and is organised with passion by the members, for
the members. Papercourt is an RYA
Champion Club, a recognised RYA
Training Centre and the club was the
UK’s RYA Sailing Club of the Year in
2013, as well as being a Sailability
Foundation Status club. Their programmes are accessible to all abilities
and ages from their vibrant youth programme, which has over 150 children,
to their adult training programme. All
are welcome to join the Club either as
a non-sailing individual or family, or
without owning a boat, learn to sail at
very reasonable cost, and get friendly
advice about which boat to buy, with
first class facilities and a wonderful
safe environment for the whole family
to learn and sail. Papercourt Sailability own eight Access dinghies,
designed so that they will not capsize,
and these will now be complemented
by the addition of the new Wheely-
10 FREE LINE
boat, offering a new form of fully
accessible boat to the fleet.
Developed by The Wheelyboat
Trust, the Mk III was designed and
developed in 2006. The MK III
Wheelyboat, at 5.3m long, is a versatile craft with a carrying capacity of
eight people including wheelchairs
and with a ramp with roll on-roll off
access, benefiting a broader spectrum
of disabled people across a greater
range of activities. The Wheelyboat
allows people with mobility impairments to take part in activities alongside and on equal terms with their
non-disabled counterparts, an important factor in the quality of lives they
are able to lead.
Andy Beadsley, Director of The
Wheelyboat Trust says, “Our role at
The Wheelyboat Trust is to help and
encourage venues to acquire Wheelyboats for the use of their mobilityimpaired participants and help
groups and organisations to obtain
boats for their own use. Papercourt
Sailing Club is a fantastic venue for
those wanting to take part in in
waterborne activities with amazing
facilities, particularly for those with
mobility impairments. The Wheelyboat will add a new accessible boat to
their fleet with the ability for users to
gain experience, qualifications and
enjoy time on the water.”
John Beynon, Chair of Papercourt
Sailability said, “We are passionate
about getting as many people from all
backgrounds enjoying the water. Sailability is run by volunteers and is free
of charge for those who take part. It
offers an opportunity for people
whose disabilities would usually prevent them from enjoying dinghy sailing, to experience sailing for themselves, which is so rewarding. All our
club premises are accessible for
wheelchairs from the boats to the
shower facilities, which makes our
club particularly important. Our aim is
to get everyone, regardless of age or
ability, onto the water and enjoying
themselves and the Wheelyboat is
helping us to achieve our goals.”
Papercourt Sailability’s Wheelyboat
has been funded by generous donations from a range of Trusts, including
via the Community Foundation for
Surrey, and private individuals.
The Wheelyboat Trust relies on the
support of individuals, companies and
charitable organisations to fund its
activities. Donations can be made in a
variety of ways including online at
www.wheelyboats.org/donate.html.
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Clubs and fisheries
– apply now for share of £300,000
At least £300,000 of fishing
licence income is being
made available to angling
clubs and fisheries based in
England through the latest
round of funding from the
Angling Improvement Fund.
The money will be used to
help fund general fishery
improvements, river access,
measures to control predation and improving accessfor-all on still waters and
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