Port Solent pledges to support watersports with new charity partner

A MARINA has committed to getting disadvantaged children out onto the water, as it announces its charity partner for the year.

Monday, 11th June 2018, 6:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:45 pm

Port Solent, also a shopping centre, will be supporting the Andrew Simpson Foundation, which promotes health, wellbeing and skills for young people by getting them interested in sailing.

The Andrew Simpson Foundation facilitates a wide participation, encouraging children and young adults from all backgrounds to get out on the water, catering for a range of physical and educational abilities.

Lisa Fowler, from Port Solent, said: ‘Being based alongside the marina, we have a strong link with the marine industry and through hosting events for kids and being a family destination, we thought a charity that helps children of all abilities get out on the water was very apt.

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‘The locality of the Andrew Simpson Foundation also appealed to us, and the back story of Andrew Simpson was inspiring.’

The first event with the foundation will be a watersports weekend at Port Solent on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 – giving visitors the opportunity to get on the water in a kayak or SUP, in a sectioned off area in the Port Solent marina.

Amy Harvey from the Andrew Simpson Foundation said: ‘We are really excited to have been given the opportunity of becoming the charity partner for Port Solent this year.’