Hartlepool Yacht Clubs lands £3,500 donation for disability dinghy

Hartlepool engineering firm Heerema have donated cash from workers and clients to two recipients. Hartlepool Yacht Club received a donation that will help their disabled members take to the water. Pictured, from left, are Yacht Club Training Principle Micky Early, Paul Douglass from Heerema, Malcolm Boagey from the Yacht Club and client Steve Horsfield from GDF.
Hartlepool engineering firm Heerema have donated cash from workers and clients to two recipients. Hartlepool Yacht Club received a donation that will help their disabled members take to the water. Pictured, from left, are Yacht Club Training Principle Micky Early, Paul Douglass from Heerema, Malcolm Boagey from the Yacht Club and client Steve Horsfield from GDF.

A YACHT club has received an oarsome donation from a town firm to buy a specialist dinghy for disabled people.

Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club was delighted with the £3,500 cash windfall from Heerema, in Greenland Road, Hartlepool.

It’s great news and we’re so grateful. We’re going to be doing a lot more disabled activities this year. We hope to have the dingy by June, or even before.

Micky Early, Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club’s training principle

The club has been developing its facilities for people with all kinds of disabilities over the past 18 months, from those who are physically challenged to those with speech difficulties.

So members of the group were ecstatic when Heerema handed over the grant.

Micky Early, Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club’s training principal, said: “Over the last year to 18 months, we have developed our facilities for people with disabilities – not just physical disabilities but right through to speech and other things as well.

“Sailing can be quite an active sport, so with the grant from Heerema we are looking to purchase an access dinghy for disabled people to enable them to sit in a comfortable position and be able to do most things themselves. Rather than crossing from side to side, there is a joystick. It gives disabled people a bit of independence.”

He added: “It’s great news and we’re so grateful. We’re going to be doing a lot more disabled activities this year. We hope to have the dinghy by June, or even before.”