Sail­abil­ity make a splash in char­ity’s awards

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - MEMORY LANE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­[email protected]­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

A SCHEME to pro­vide a day of fun on the wa­ter for chil­dren with chronic con­di­tions, their fam­i­lies and friends has been recog­nised by the char­ity Ac­ces­si­ble Der­byshire.

Cars­ing­ton Sail­abil­ity’s 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 last month.

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.

Mean­while, on shore, live mu­sic, stalls, games and great food en­sured there was a car­ni­val at­mos­phere.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the Sum­mer Splash came from Dr David Thomas, con­sul­tant pae­di­a­tri­cian at Not­ting­ham Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, a keen sailor and mem­ber of Cars­ing­ton Sail­ing Club. His years of pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence have high­lighted the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits sail­ing can of­fer chil­dren with ex­cep­tional health needs.

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.

“We thank the sail­ing club mem­bers that ded­i­cated their time and boats to make it hap­pen, the Wellchild team who sup­ported the chil­dren’s needs and whose ex­per­tise made the day seam­less, and all the other volunteers whose help both on the day and in the build up to the event was in­valu­able.”

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.

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.

Cars­ing­ton Sail­abil­ity pre­vi­ously worked with Ac­ces­si­ble Der­byshire on de­liv­er­ing and sup­port­ing the in­fra­struc­ture for an on-site mo­bile chang­ing room.

To find out more visit www. cars­ing­ton­sail­ing­club.co.uk or to find out more about the na­tional RYA Sail­abil­ity pro­gramme go to www.rya.org. uk/go/sail­abil­ity

Gary Flint is pre­sented with the 2018 Ac­ces­si­ble Der­byshire ‘Most In­clu­sive Event’ Award

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