New boat project

For the past forty years we have been taking people out on the Hamble River in canoes, kayaks and wheelchair accessible motorboats.  In recent years demand for accessible boats has increased and we have been lucky to have two motorboats available. However the older of the two, which we bought fifteen years ago, needs replacing.


Our newest boat is still going strong, a Wheelyboat named in honour of James Male, whose parents raised the funds (alongside the Wheelyboat Trust) in memory of their son who was lost at sea.


But we need a second boat and we’d like your help!.   We are working with Buckley Yacht Designs and CML at Marchwood on the new boat and our aim is to have it on the water by April 2021.  This is an optimistic target but we’re nothing if not optimistic!


Our overall fundraising target is £40,000, with part of it coming through this challenge.


We are looking for teams and individuals who would like to join our 2021 Challenge – From QE2 to Timbuktu!


Of course with travel restrictions and everything else going on we can’t actually go to Timbuktu but we can walk the 5000 kilometres to get there. And that’s where you come in.


We’re looking for people to help pile on the steps, with a target of 5,000 kilometres to walk and £5,000 to raise.


Did I say walk? You can walk, run, wheel, skate or cycle. And don’t forget we have to cross the Channel and Mediterranean, so we are looking for people to canoe, kayak, paddleboard or swim too.


Everyone can get involved!


We want a sustained effort – we want you to do a bit every day during February 2021.  Exercise is more effective when it is repeated so we want to encourage people to get into the habit of doing more regular exercise.


We’ll tot up the miles each day and plot how far we’ve gone. Don’t worry if we do too many miles – we have to get back too!  The more people that are involved the further we’ll go and the more we’ll raise.  Be a part of it!

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How can I help?

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Centre, and let us know how much time you are able to contribute, what your skills are and how you would like to help. We’ll ask for a reference and a DBS check and find a role for you.


If you would like to raise funds for the Centre, with your school or office, friends or family please contact the Centre so that we can help you


If you represent a local company that would like to work with in partnership please get in touch. Local companies love to have Community days with us!

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