Children from ForgetMeNotChild Children’s Hospice experienced an adventure at sea when Wetwheels Yorkshire launched its very first trip out of Whitby harbour last weekend.
Wetwheels Yorkshire is the fifth boat to be launched by the hugely popular charity, the Wetwheels Foundation. The trips aim to build disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.
Children were given the opportunity to learn seamanship as well as have a go at steering the vessel. Teresa Bennion, Managing Partner at Whitby law firm Pinkney Grunwells who funded the first trips, also went along for the ride. Teresa said
It was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience which I was privileged to be a part of. The children clearly loved every minute and it was fantastic to see such huge smiles on their faces. We’re looking forward to a continued relationship with Wetwheels and the opportunity to help other local groups to have a similar experience.
The Wetwheels boat now has a permanent home in Whitby and will travel up and down the coast providing sport, educational and recreational programmes for groups of disabled and disadvantaged people.
Wetwheels Chairman, Peter Richardson said
Pinkney Grunwells were the first local business to share our vision of how powerful Wetwheels can be. We hope many more will now support this incredibly positive way in which local firms can provide remarkable experiences for those living with disabilities in our community