Abseiling Warriors

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Summer Breezes

It's been a busy few weeks for Wetwheels and the summer is not over yet.  Here are a few of our highlights so far;

Cowes Week

A remarkable 196 people had trips on Wetwheels during her 5 day visit to the IOW for Cowes Week.  A huge thank you to Cowes Sailability for all of the help and support in making it happen again.  The feedback has been 100% positive from everyone who took part.  Rumour has it, we are looking at 6 days next year.  Skipper Keith may have to go into endurance training if he is to keep up with the demand.  The "thank you" cake was gratefully received and much enjoyed.

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Muscle Dreams

This was our 2nd Muscle Dreams event building on the success of last year.  Over two days, 6 young people with Duchesne Muscular Dystrophy and their families enjoyed trips on Wetwheels and meeting other families with children living with the same disease. Even Hurricane Bertha couldn't spoil the fun although the strong winds forced us to explore Port Solent instead of Cowes on this occasion.  Funded by the Muscle Help Foundation and supported by the Spinal Muscular Atrophy support group, the families were able to take part in this very empowering event.  The evening reception on HMS Warrior was very special indeed. We are already planning our 2015 event.

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Yarmouth IOW Carnival

Wetwheels went to the South Island for 3 magical days in Yarmouth at the invitation of the Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners.  In that time we ran seven trips and took 65 guests including many elderly folk from West Wight care homes and a number of young disabled children.  Trips to Hurst Castle and The Needles and a 95 year old guest driving at 30 knots were the definite highlights. Thank you for making us so welcome

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Still to come….

We leave for Dartmouth this Saturday morning for 5 days to run trips during their Regatta Week and then, at the invitation of the Royal Navy, we will be attending the Bournemouth Air Festival.  You know those films where boats get boarded by "baddies" then the "goodies" arrive in a helicopter and the SAS slide down ropes onto the deck shooting all the pirates?  Well, we are going to be that boat.  We will also have our fundraising gazebo on the shore in the RN Village.  If you have not been before, do come along, it is one of the best air shows in the country and you'll get to see me trying not to injure our elite SAS troops nor bring down a £20 million Lynx helicopter.

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FUNDRAISING

It is not too late to enter our Golf Day on 4th September.  Sadly we have been let down by a couple of teams so, if you can swing a club, please contact karen@wetwheels.co.uk ASAP. The venue is Hamptworth GC in Hampshire.

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Sir Ben Ainlie's BAR America's Cup team have persuaded 5 of their guys to swap sailing for abseiling on Sunday 31st August as they abseil the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for Wetwheels.  They will be joined by another 10 Wetwheels supporters who will each be putting any fear of heights to one side for a while as they descend the 70 metre tower - on the outside, suspended only by a rope - thank you to everyone who has agreed to to the abseil and to everyone who has sponsored them.  To sponsor the guys from BAR, CLICK HERE

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