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Disabled Sailing Association


The Disabled Sailing Association received £2,000 to help fund a new boat

Based in Torquay, the Disabled Sailing Association aims to get as many disabled people involved in sailing as possible. Many people with a disability may think that they are not able to sail, but the Disabled Sailing Association strives to offer the chance to enjoy the fun and freedom of sailing to all disabled people.

The charity brings together people of all physical ability, in an environment where physical, mental or sensory differences can be forgotten. David Musgrove, Chairman of the Disabled Sailing Association, explains how rewarding it is to see “the smiles of members who once believed they were excluded from the excitement and thrill of sailing at sea.”

Due to an ever increasing demand from the charity’s growing disabled membership, they are now embarking on a project to raise funds for a new boat. In 2016, the Disabled Sailing Association received a grant of £2,000 to help fund this fully adapted boat, which will allow inclusive access for all disabled people including those confined to wheelchairs.

What a fantastic Association, enabling people of similar abilities to achieve their own personal goals and at the same time work as a team. Out there at sea, you enter a different world and can escape the problems of everyday life. Freemasonry is proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause and wish the charity every success in the future.

Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Freemasons

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