As previously posted on this site, the next Disability Awareness Training session for crew is on Saturday 5th October, and we've had a very good uptake for places from some of our newest members who joined SFTD recently.
However there are still 2 places available to any crew who have not yet completed the course, including those who have only attended one day of the previous 2-day training.
If you would like to take a place please let me know asap!
Sailing for the Disabled is having an OPEN DAY on SUNDAY 11 August from 12.00 to 16.00
Located in Douglas harbour, you will be able to take a look inside our beautiful vessel Pride of Mann III and have a chat with members of the charity. There will be representatives from the committee, skippers, crew and members who sail with us.
Sailing for the Disabled is looking for anyone who would like to sail with us, abled and enabled crew, right from experienced skippers to novice sailors, to people who just want to lend a hand in running the charity. Pride of Mann III is fitted out to enable people with a wide range of disabilities to sail.
Sailing for the Disabled is a wholly local charity run by enthusiastic volunteers. SO COME ALONG AND MEET OUR FRIENDLY MEMBERS AND CREW!
On 19. 20 & 21 July the Manx National Heritage presented in conjuction with TNT Britain and ADG Europe the William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Castle tour on the IOM and SftD was invited to have a collection at the end of each performance. Of course we happily accepted this invitation, which resulted in a total of £393.29. The visiters in Peel might have been surpriced by a collecting donkey who definitely brought in some extra pennies!
A big thank you goes to Grantly Marshall from ADG Europe and to Ed Bunce from Laxey Glen Pavilion for allowing us to do the collection. Rest assured all the funds go towards the service provision to members.
Last week we had a double celebration. Firstly we celebrated Alan Cope's 90th birthday. It was Alan's wish to go for a short sail with some members of the charity he has a special connection with. Also invited were Steve and Kathy, two directors from LMS Partners who sponsor the charity by looking after our savings. Alan and Marion have been active for the charity for over 20 years and Alan still is as one of the directors of Pride of Mann Limited.
When organising Alan's party the committee wanted to make it a bit more special. Alan has contributed to the charity in many ways, as a skipper, chairman, fundraiser, director and much more. Realising that we have many very dedicated members that deserve a very big 'Thank you' for all they have done, we decided to introduce the Sailing for the Disabled Endeavour Award. The first engraved decal shows Alan Cope 2019 and he will have the award in his possesion for a year. A smaller copy was handed over for Alan to keep. The award has been made by the Manx Workshop for the Disabled. Congratulations Alan, well deserved.
As Marion has played a significant role for the charity too, especially as a fundraiser, Marion received a beautiful flower basket.
All in all it was a lovely celebration, very much helped by the delicious canapes donated by Georgie and the beautiful cake Margaret brought along.
If you would like to see more photos, please go to the gallery.
First prize: Nr 10 - Monica Clark £30
Second prize: Nr 53 - David Bridson £12.50
Third prize: Nr 47 - Ray McMullen £7.50
We are still hoping for more new members to help boost SFTD funds AND to increase the prize money. Please consider joining or giving a friend a membership of the 100 club as a birthday present. You don’t have to be a member of SFTD to join the 100 Club !