Delight as children take to the open waves

Ellie Mortimer and Charlie Brierton with Keith from Wet Wheels
Ellie Mortimer and Charlie Brierton with Keith from Wet Wheels

CHILDREN with disabilities were treated to a powerboat speed experience as part of the new initiative by the charity Crossroads Care South Central.

This was down to fundraising from Waitrose Chichester, which raised £473 for the Climping care provider.

The children disembarked from Gunwharf Quays with Wet Wheels, a powerboat devised to give those with disabilities the opportunity to experience the thrills of the waves at speed.

The project has been developed by Geoff Holt who is paralysed himself and is renowned as being the first disabled person 
to sail single-handed around Great Britain in 2007.

Lucy Knowles, Crossroads Care South Central fundraising officer, said: “It was wonderful to see the delight on the children’s faces when they came off the water.

“They and their parents appeared apprehensive about the speed boat initially, but as they came off, they were all grinning from ear to ear.

“The children who attended the trip have a variety of care needs including autism.

“The set-up of the boat has enabled these children to experience a fantastic feeling of being on the water and, more importantly, has allowed them to try something completely out of their normal comfort zone.”

For more on Crossroads Care South Central visit www.crossroadscare-sc.org