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!
The lucky winners of the 100 Club prize draw of November 2019 are:
First prize - Nr. 4 Frank Sanderson, £30
Second prize - Nr. 11 Betty Cook, £12.50
Third prize - Nr. 22 Alan Young, £7.50
The 100 Club is a prize draw that helps to raise funds for your charity. We need more members joining the 100 Club so more funds will be raised. The more members we have the bigger the prizes!
The cost is only £2 per month, that is £24 usually paid annually. Members stand a very good chance of winning and recuperating their subscription. Application forms can be downloaded here.
"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/ firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
You know who you are...... :-)"