The organisers of a highly successful community event have presented Cowes Sailability Club with a cheque for £500 to cover the operating costs of the club’s support boat.

Cowes Sailability Club has received a donation of £500 from the organisers of the annual Cowes Picnic in the Park, a free community event held in the grounds of Northwood House.  The money was raised at the 2019 event, which was attended by 1,700 people and supported by local businesses as well as the Cowes Town Council.

The cheque was presented to Cowes Sailability Club’s Fundraising Officer, Trish Rooke on 12th February 2020 by Maureen Wroath, Chair of Cowes Picnic in the Park, and Susie Sheldon, Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight.  A second cheque was presented to another local charity, Northwood House Tennis in the Park.

“It was fantastic to be selected as one of two local charities to benefit from Picnic in the Park 2019,” Trish says.  “The event helped us to raise awareness of the boating and sailing opportunities that we provide for people in our community who have disabilities or illnesses.  The money will be used to help cover the running costs of our support RIB, Zebedee, which is always on the water when our sailing boats are in use.”

“Cowes Sailability Club does such a lot of good for people who have disabilities in our community,” says Maureen.  “The committee of Cowes Picnic in the Park is delighted to be able to support the volunteers who donate their time and energy so that people with limited opportunities can take part in an enjoyable outdoor activity.”

Find out more about Zebedee here.