New charity helps disabled motorboaters get on the water

Disabled Powerboating Trust given strong support by the industry

A new charity set up to assist disabled motorboaters get on the water was launched at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Geoff Holt, the first disabled person to sail solo round Britain, is the Disabled Powerboating Trust’s first ambassador and cut the ribbon on the charity on the Sunseeker stand.

In his speech, Holt encouraged individuals and companies both in and beyond the marine industry to get involved. He revealed that, although there are many sailing charities for people with disabilities, this will be the first to help disabled motorboating enthusiasts.

The charity’s board of trustees includes Robert Braithwaite, president of Sunseeker International, and Shelley Jory-Leigh, ex-British powerboat champion.

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The charity will raise money from individual and corporate donors, identify providers of suitable craft, make grants and provide information to those with disabilities who wish to access the water under power.

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