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Sailing for People with Disabilities


One of the other groups of splendid people we met whilst being made so welcome by Northampton Sailing Club was a group of volunteers and members of NORTHAMPTON SAILABILITY, led by their chairman, Mr Chris Weston. Happy to take us out in their boats and equally happy to tell us what they do, we discovered a group of people dedicated to enabling people of all abilities to experience the joys of sailing in a safe, friendly environment.


Run entirely by experienced volunteers and funded by donations,Northampton Sailability is able to operate a system where members and visitors can just ‘turn up and go sailing’ as they have a variety of boats some specially designed for people with limited ability), safety equipment, appropriate clothing and a hoist for safe and easy transport from wheelchair to boat if required.


All those involved in Northampton Sailability are determined in their wish to assist their members whilst having fun and giving them a rewarding day. As a registered charity, the club is continually seeking sponsorship and donations to replace/improve their equipment and expand their service to their members. A Christmas raffle by the staff at Barclaycard raised £3000 which was in fact then doubled to £6000 by Barclaycard and further contributions from such as the Northampton Rotary Club have all been hugely appreciated and put to good use.


We would all like to help where we can so please check out Northampton Sailabilty’s website or give them a call to arrange a visit and see for yourself what this remarkable charity achieves.


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Northampton Sailability Northampton Sailing Club Pitsford Reservoir Brixworth Northampton NN6 9DG


Telephone: 07952 579380 Email:


Website:


sec@northamptonsailability.org.uk www.northamptonsailability.org.uk


By Jackie Milton


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