It is with great sorrow that we have to inform you that Mr Ivor Mellor, one of the co-founders of Sailing for the Disabled, has passed away.
Mr Mellor, the then Head of Physiotherapy Service for the Isle of Man, knew there were disabled people who would like to sail. Dave Bridson remembers:
“It was back in the early eighties that I met Ivor in the Aquadome, both happily swimming about. It was then he asked me was I interested in sailing. I said that I was. He then went on to tell me that he was involved with the Creg Ny Baa social club, who had raised enough money to purchase a secondhand sailing cruiser and would I be interested in joining the group. The rest as they say is history.
I found Ivor to be a very kind man, who could quietly encourage people to do things outside their comfort zone. He knew so many people and was always raising money for good causes. He was simply a good man.”
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Saturday morning from 9.30 onwards we will have a cleaning session to make sure the inside of the boat looks as good as the outside does. All members are invited to come and give a hand.
We look forward to seeing you at the boat!
We had a truly inspiring Morning at the Peel Charity shop event. 14 Charities each gave a short presentation and were rewarded with cheques.
SAILING FOR THE DISABLED received a cheque for £2,500 - absolutely amazing!
We explained this fantastic contribution would go towards a new propeller and a rope cutter. Also how inspired and grateful we are to be chosen to receive such an award. We thanked the Peel Charity for their wonderful hard work and support.
We showed a photo of POMIII and talked about the adaptions made to accommodate wheelchairs as well as listing "who can sail with us" eg those recovering from a stroke, heart attack, depression + autistic, visually impaired etc etc.
The short talk was very well received and even caused a ripple of laughter when I explained the toilets are called "heads".
We chatted to many of the 100 or so people present afterwards, also gave out leaflets and believe there will be several new disabled people joining.
Thank you Margaret, Adrienne, Peter and Lesley for being such excellent ambassadors for our Charity!
"DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING- LAST CHANCE!!
There are still a couple of places available on the disability awareness training on Sunday 8th December.
Any volunteer crew who haven't attended yet please contact Carole Q on 480652/ email@example.com to reserve a place.
You know who you are...... :-)"
During the Festive Season it is customary to send Christmas messages to clients and customers. Perhaps, this year, instead of sending cards, you might possibly consider donating to one of our local charities, thus providing valuable help in maintaining the many services provided to our Community.
"Sailing for the Disabled" would be thrilled to receive one such donation, enabling us to continue providing the sailing experience to individuals with disabilities. Most charities are currently struggling to generate funds and certainly any one of the Island's charities would be grateful to receive a donation, especially at this time of year.
Notwithstanding, on behalf of all our volunteers and members, Sailing for the Disabled would like to wish you and your team a very Merry Christmas and a successful and prosperous 2020