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Rudyard Sailability Boathouse nears completion

A state of the art boathouse for Rudyard Sailability is nearing completion and the Staffordshire charity is now on the final push to raise much needed funds to complete the building.

Rudyard Sailability BoathouseThe boathouse has been designed to allow disabled sailors to store their boats on Rudyard Lake and to give the boats direct access to the lake via a door straight on the water.

Says Jackie Griffiths, one of the trustees of the charity, the pressure is still on to raise funds. “The end of our building project is tantalisingly in sight, and we are planning a number of events to raise the final money to fit out our wheelchair accessible boathouse.”

The next event is  a Rudyard Sailability Race Night which takes place at: Endon Village Hall on Friday, 28th February, 7 – 11pm.

Says Jackie: “We are also looking for businesses to sponsor a race and purchase the eight race horses at a total cost of £70, with the company being advertised in the programme and the winning race-horse owner receiving a bottle of wine.”

The charity also organises an annual Dragon boat race on the lake, which this year will take place on Saturday 5 July.

Any businesses wishing to enter a team for the race or who would like tickets for the Race Night should contact Mike Dawson, or 01538 388281 to find out more.

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HRH Princess Royal visits Rudyard Sailability

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, visited Rudyard Sailability today (Wednesday 24th April 2013) escorted by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE and Mrs Jane Dudson.

Princess Anne is the Patron of RYA Sailability, a charity that offers sailing opportunities to people of all abilities, and visited the club to show her support for the charity’s endeavours. She was welcomed at Rudyard Sailability by children and staff of Horton St Michael’s Junior School.

Club chairman and principal Dennis Priebe showed Her Royal Highness to the charity’s brand new boathouse where she met chief instructor Gary Lowe and children from the Meadows and Community Schools along with club members and volunteers.

Her Royal Highness was able to see for herself how the high-tech, state-of-the art-boats and equipment allow disabled people to experience the freedom of sailing along or with others.
Princess Anne also met trustees, supporters and members of the construction team, all of whom have volunteered their time, expertise and materials to the accessible boathouse project.

Before leaving, Her Royal Highness met children from Horton Lodge Community School who were be engaged in a nautically-themed arts and crafts session.

Upon departure, Princess Anne signed the charity’s Visitors’ Book and was presented with a posy of flowers by Rudyard Sailability member Tilly Griffiths.

Disabled sailors’ boathouse nears completion

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Rudyard Sailability’s boathouse is nearing completion

Rudyard Sailability, a charity that organises sailing and other water-based activities for disabled people is holding a Burn’s Supper this Saturday (2 February) to help raise funds to finish their boathouse.

The accessible boathouse, that has been built to provide a new home for a fleet of boats that can be sailed by disabled people, as well as providing much needed training and changing facilities, is set on Rudyard Lake, near Leek in Staffordshire and is nearing completion. The charity is now holding a ‘Highland Fling’ to raise funds for final work on the boathouse.

Taking place on Saturday, 2nd February 2013, from 7pm at Horton Village Hall, Horton, ST13 8PU, the supper is open to all supporters and tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child.

Tickets can be bought on the night (bring your own drinks), but it would be helpful to the charity for anyone intending to come along to email the charity so that catering can be arranged. Please mention if you would require a vegetarian option. There will be Scottish music and dancing; a haggis supper; chocolate bingo; raffle and much more….

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