I was shown around Wetwheels, a charity based in Gunwharf Quays, to learn more about the work it does to support local disabled people.
Wetwheels mission is to build disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats. The charity, founded by Fareham resident Geoff Holt, runs its activates through the support of donors and partner organisations, who enable it to provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board specially designed boats. The boat trips are staffed by specialists with participants actively taking part, rather than simply being passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families. Around 80 per cent of Wetwheels participants have never been on the sea before.
It was a real honour to meet with Geoff and discuss his plans for Wetwheels. The work he does for the community is invaluable, giving vulnerable and disabled people the chance to build their confidence and have fun. It is well worth checking out his website: www.wetwheelssolent.co.uk