Carsington Sailability Lands Accessible Derbyshire Award
Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:56
The annual Summer Splash, run in partnership with the WellChild charity for sick children, was named 'Most Inclusive Event' at the Accessible Derbyshire Awards at Chatsworth House earlier this month. Carsington Sailability is part of the national Sailability programme run by sailing's governing body, the RYA, which gives people with disabilities the chance to try sailing and to take part regularly.
The 2018 Summer Splash was hosted in July, as youngsters associated long-term with East Midlands hospitals enjoyed trips around Carsington Water on Sailability's fleet of sailing and powerboats, including its flat-bottomed, fully wheelchair-accessible Wheelyboat and an exhilarating specially-adapted RS Venture keelboat. On shore, live music, stalls, games and great food ensured there was a carnival atmosphere.
Member and volunteer, Gary Flint, and his wife Mandy collected the award on the Carsington Sailability's behalf. Gary said: "The award was testimony to all the hard work and dedication of everyone that contributed to creating an incredible atmosphere for the children, their families and friends, and making the event such a success.
"It was an honour and privilege to meet and bring enjoyment to the inspiring children and their families."
Summer Splash allows children with access needs to get out on the water on a family boat trip with an experienced crew. There are hoists and specialist equipment available to help sailors in and out of boats, while many of Sailability's volunteers and members support from their own wheelchairs and scooters, before transferring into boats to take the visitors sailing.