DSA (Disabled Sailing Association) has reportedly received a whopping grant of 49,824 pounds to help them out in getting an adapted yacht for their Freedom 2 project. The charity was offered by People’s Millions funding initiative that is run by ITV & Big Lottery Fund.
Every year the lottery winners are determined by members from the public.
Freedom 2 Project would utilize the grant to buy adapted Hanse 345 that will allow DSA to take out more number of disabled sailing enthusiasts for the sport.
“We have been trying really hard to gather up bucks for 2 years now & this is our final amount”, stated Shirley Musgrove from Disabled Sailing Association. “Our members here are really pleased & we are like on top of the moon now.”
Fundraising for Hanse 345 has been going on over the past couple of years, along with funding from different other organizations & donations from the local people.
DSA’s new yacht is designed with specially made ramp which would be added on to the swimming portal of the boat to make it conveniently accessible for the disabled people.
Besides, there would be couple of steering wheels placed on board which implies that a crew member and instructor would be able sale simultaneously.
“We had folks who did not have this opportunity to go on sailing given their disability issues but now there won’t be a problem”, Mrs. Musgrove added in.
DSA already owns Hanse 350 that they purchased through grant from People’s Millions 7 years back in 2007.
According to sources, there would be competition within 2 weeks to decide the name of the new yacht. The charity is aimed to boost up teamwork, social integration & confidence as well as a feel of freedom among the sailors.