You may have seen on your Facebook page and our previous blog that our very own CEO Geoff has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stelios Foundation Award for his work with Wetwheels. The award titled ‘Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year’ see’s Geoff up against two other worthy competitors all of whom have recognised and unique achievements. The winner receives £50,000 cash for their charity and in our opinion Geoff should win hands down…not that we are biased! Geoff finds out in early November so we will of course let you know how he gets on!
From one exciting venture to another; we are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as the partner charity for ‘justboatstuf’, an online auction site all about the water! It was started a year ago by a husband and wife team who wanted to help people upcycle, recycle and make money from stuff they would otherwise throw away. They also wanted to make sure they supported water related charities by giving a percentage of their final fees to them – to give something back to an industry that has given them amazing experiences – hence their support of Wetwheels! As you can imagine of us at Wetwheels are delighted and Geoff would like to encourage all of our “boaty” friends to root out their old, unwanted boaty bits and pieces (including all those in the shed!) and sell them online. You can find their website by following this link. www.justboatstuf.com
As you know it was a busy summer and we were involved in a few fundraising events, one of those being our Golf Day held jointly in aid of Wetwheels and the Rose Road Association.
We had 15 teams enter the competition held at East Horton Golf Club and even more people attend the evening meal. With competitions and prize giving, raffle and an auction we had over 70 people support us and with prizes such as Ben Ainslie’s signed helmet, a trip on Wetwheels and two tickets for a weekend round of the British Superbikes amongst others, it is no wonder we raised a grand total of £5,863!
The money was split between Wetwheels and the Rose Road Association and we would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity throughout the day.
As promised in our last blog we want to update you on our 2015 figures, it has been a busy year but we didn’t realise just how busy! Last year we were proud to announce that we took out 1286 people on 181 trips, but this year we have beaten our result and taken out 1546 people on 183 trips! Our aim was not only to take more people out than last year but to ensure we access people of all disabilities and of all ages – and we did! We took 304 people under the age of 25 and 69 people over the age of 65! We have to say that this is a provisional result as in true Wetwheels style we of course have more trips planned over the next few weeks!
We have lots of exciting news to bring you over the winter, this is when our work really starts as we try to gain more funding to take even more people from all over the country out on Wetwheels - we know she is raring to go with her new engines! Please help us to do this by clicking on the donate button above.