CLUB SUPPORT FOR CHARITIES
The Club supports many charities. We have raised funds for the RNLI through a fish supper, the sale of Christmas cards, etc and a collection box. Our Coffee Morning each September raises funds for Macmillan Cancer. Additionally, each year we choose a specific charity to support for the season which is used, amongst other things, to give purpose to the
Specific charities supported in the past have included
Toe In The Water,
Bart's Bash and
SCaRF (Skin Cancer Research Fund).
In 2018 the Club raised more than £221 for
Cash for Kids. The official charity of local radio station Wave 105, it provides support to disabled and disadvantaged children across the South Coast.
For 2019 the Club has decided to support
Wetwheels- SSC Supported Charity for 2019
Wetwheels was conceived by Geoff Holt MBE DL and he remains the driving force behind the charity.
Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing access to the sea in specially modified powerboats.
Geoff Holt came to Seafarers on 20th November and gave a talk about his life and about
WetWheels. After this inspiring talk, the Committee decided to make
Wetwheels the Club Charity for 2019.
Geoff Holt is a record-breaking disabled yachtsman and adventurer. He was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair.
In 1995 Geoff became the inaugural Chairman of RYA Sailability, a role he held for six years. In 2007 he became the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain. In 2009 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted.
Geoff was awarded an MBE for
Services to Disabled Sailing in 2010 and named as the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year shortly after. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012.
He is a Board director of the RYA and a Council member of the RNLI. Geoff is patron and ambassador for several charities for people with disabilities.
Geoff has 20 years experience in marketing and PR working for international accountancy firms. He holds a degree in Antiques and Auctioneering. He is the author of
Walking on Water and is a professional speaker.
Geoff is currently planning to sail around the world.