There was plenty to smile about at Cowes Sailability Club after Comic Relief awarded the charity a grant of £824 for new presentation equipment.

Cowes Sailability Club has received a grant of £824 from the Comic Relief Community Cash Fund.  The money has been used to purchase a new laptop and presentation equipment, enabling the charity to deliver better training sessions for the volunteers who provide sailing and boating opportunities for disabled people on the Isle of Wight.

Trish Rooke, Fund Raising Officer for Cowes Sailability Club says, “It is fitting that an organisation that raises money by making people laugh is benefiting a group whose mission is to ‘put smiles on faces’.  With its generous donation, Comic Relief is helping us to train volunteers, so that we can carry on creating wonderful, happy experiences for people with disabilities.”

The laptop and presentation equipment will also be used by members of Cowes Sailability Club to enable them to deliver presentations about the club’s activities to local groups on the Isle of Wight.  The club hopes that it will be able to increase awareness of the services it provides for disabled people, attract new members and encourage groups to arrange more fundraising activities in aid of the club.

The Comic Relief Community Cash Fund was administered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF), an organisation that awards grants on behalf of companies, individuals and trusts across the two counties. “We are delighted to support the valuable services that Cowes Sailability Club provides for people with disabilities on the island, and the new laptop will be instrumental in allowing the group to move forward with its work in the community,” says Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

Read our members’ stories to find out first-hand how Cowes Sailability Club really puts smiles on faces