A small organisation that runs sailing lessons for people living with disabilities in Peterborough has been able to replace an essential piece of equipment thanks to a £1,288 grant from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.  

A local care home, which uses their services, nominated them to receive the money. Tina Stebbings, General Manager at Barchester’s Longueville Court Care Home in Peterborough heard that they needed to replace their hoists, which are essential for the running of the sailing sessions.  

Tina wrote to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity that helps older and disabled people in England, Scotland and Wales by offering grants to individuals and small local organisations.  

Following a successful application process, Tina and Peterborough Sailability were thrilled to learn that the full grant was to be given and a new hoist could be purchased.  

James Hopgood, Secretary at Peterborough Sailability said: “Each sailing day we have several sailors who need an electric hoist for the transfer from wheelchair to boat. Our 2 existing hoists have served us very well for several years, but spares are no longer available, so they have to be replaced.  

“Without reliable hoists we would have to turn many sailors away, so we are delighted that Barchester’s Charitable Foundation have agreed to buy us a new one.  It will be well used all through our 2017 season, which – weather permitting – will begin on Tuesday 4 April at Lakeside in Ferry Meadows.”  

Tina Stebbings said: “This charity does a fantastic job on very little money. In 2016 we used their service weekly to take care home residents sailing and they are able to support people of all abilities, including people living with dementia. Residents loved the experience.  

“We feel passionate about their cause. They enable people living with disabilities to experience the freedom of sailing and getting out and about. I’m thrilled that they have been given this grant, which will support their great work and we are looking forward to using their services again this year.”  

Tina added: “Having seen the good work Barchester’s Charitable Foundation does helping organisations like Sailability, Longueville Court will be doing lots of fundraising for the charity this year.”