As announced in the RYA News
New boats and an extended pontoon are amongst the assets that will help Hykeham Sailability get even more Lincolnshire people on the water thanks to a £25,000 Masonic Charitable Foundation Tercentenary Community Award.
Some 45 sailors, volunteers and carers celebrated as Hykeham Sailability Chairman, Howard Nelson, was presented with the cheque by Graham Ives, the Lincolnshire Provincial Grand Master, at a special event in September.
To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation held a public vote to decide how to spend £3m of charity funding. More than 177,000 people voted nationally, with Hykeham Sailability one of six successful charities in Lincolnshire, and the organisation in the county that received the biggest award.
Hykeham Sailability, at Apex Lakes, Lincoln, was launched in 2009 to provide sailing opportunities for disabled people in Lincolnshire. But at that time the group had no boats, equipment, sailing expertise, volunteers and even potential members.
But led by non-sailing Sleaford businessman, Keven Roberts, who sadly passed away in 2016, the group has continued to secure many tens of thousands of pounds of funding, inspired and trained numerous volunteers and instructors and worked tirelessly to establish what is now a thriving, vibrant Sailability club.
Hykeham Sailability is part of the national RYA Sailability programme that supports disabled people in learning to sail and sailing regularly. The group’s aim is to give both adults and young people the freedom and confidence to get out on the water.