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Boat donations to help provide freedom for those living with disabilities

PUBLISHED: 17:46 07 June 2018

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Cllr Sandy Keller, Richard Morling, Barbara Hood, Cllr Frank Mortimer and Cllr Trish Mortimer.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Cllr Sandy Keller, Richard Morling, Barbara Hood, Cllr Frank Mortimer and Cllr Trish Mortimer. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A group which provides sailing opportunities for those with mental and physical disabilities has been gifted two new boats.

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Picture: Nick ButcherWaveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Picture: Nick Butcher

Waveney Sailability received the Hansa 303 wide sailing dinghies from The Edward and Ivy Rose Hood memorial Fund.

The boats, aptly named ‘Ted Hood’ and ‘Ivy Rose Hood’, were officially presented to the group at Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club on Tuesday, June 5.

John Charters, one of the fund’s trustees, said: “Waveney Sailability enables people with disabilities to enjoy sailing; helping people enjoy the freedoms, pleasures and thrills of being in a boat on the water.

“It is a venture which excites the trustees.”

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Picture: Nick ButcherWaveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Picture: Nick Butcher

In total the trust donated £20,000; £15,000 for the boats and £5,000 for continued maintenance.

Sailability chairman Richard Morling was delighted with the “generous” donation which will benefit the group for years to come.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic – the two new boats will now replace older ones.

“We have got them now for another 13 to 15 years which means we don’t have to hunt around for replacements.”

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Picture: Nick ButcherWaveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Picture: Nick Butcher

He added: “To have £5,000 to spend how we please is extremely useful. You only have to look around to see its importance.”

One person who knows the benefits of the sailability club more than most is 54-year-old Steve Sims.

Mr Sims, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, has been part of the group since it formed around 13 years ago.

When he first began sailing Mr Sims used crutches however over the years his condition has deteriorated and he now relies on a wheelchair.

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Picture: Nick ButcherWaveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Picture: Nick Butcher

He said: “I enjoy everything about it; the freedom of being out on your own -coming here is my favourite day of the week.

“When you are disabled there a re a lot of things you are not in control of but when I’m out in the boat I’m in complete control – it’s my freedom for the week.”

The group meets every Tuesday afternoon at Waveney and Outlon Broad Yacht Club where members can enjoy training and racing out on the Broads.

There are currently 60 members attending each week but the group say they are always willing to have people come along and experience the joys of sailing.

Waveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund.
Picture: Nick ButcherWaveney Sailability charity are presented with two new boats from the Edward and Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Fund. Picture: Nick Butcher

For more information visit www.waveneysailability.co.uk

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