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Launching Bristol Sailability

Sailability

 

This morning Dawn Primarolo and Cllr Helen Holland helped to launch the boat Aiming High at the harbourside.  The Aiming High is a fully accessible boat that will allow disabled children and young people to take boat trips and, under the guidance of instructors, drive the boat themselves.

The Aiming High forms part of a project which is encouraging disabled children and young people to take part in outdoor facilities.  The previous Labour Government made £2.4 million available for these activities over two years.   

The Aiming High was launched in the traditional manner, with local water poured over the hull of the boat.  Afterwards, Dawn said:

“As a former Children’s Minister, I know how important it is that disabled children have the opportunity to enjoy all of the activities that their non-disabled peers are able to.  Organisations like Bristol Sailability and the Wheelyboat Trust, who are behind the project, are helping disabled people to get out on the water and enjoy Bristol’s fantastic harbourside.  The previous Government’s Aiming High for Disabled Children programme showed that we should never limit the ambitions of disabled children and young people.  The Aiming High will help to put this strategy into action.”

 

Posted: 29 October 2010

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