'Wetwheels' set to cruise into town

A service offering boat excursions to disabled people is set to come to Whitby in 2018.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 12:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:05 pm
Enjoying a Wetwheels excursion. Credit: Wetwheels

‘Wetwheels Yorkshire’ will provide disabled people with the chance to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

The not-for-profit organisation has recently reached an agreement to establish a base in Whitby Harbour.

Peter Richardson, Chairman of Wetwheels Yorkshire, said: “We want to be able to give people the experience of driving and being on-board a power boat, which they wouldn’t normally get the chance to do.”

“The pictures speak for themselves, the ways these kids react is just fantastic.”

Despite being based in Whitby Harbour, the service will provide experiences for disabled people and charities in communities all along Yorkshire’s East coast.

The ‘Wetwheels Foundation’ was founded by Geoff Holt MBE, an English sailor from Portsmouth who was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and later became the first disabled person to sail single-handedly around Great Britain.

The first Wetwheels boat was launched from Portsmouth in 2011, and was later followed by Wetwheels Jersey in 2013 and Wetwheels Hamble in May 2016.

The Wetwheels Yorkshire project is currently fundraising to establish the boat in Whitby.

For more information, or to donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WetwheelsYorkshire1?utm_id=13