Fundraisers needed to take on Spinnaker abseil challenge

Wetwheels, a 9 metre catamaran that has been purpose built to be fully accessible for disabled people.
Wetwheels, a 9 metre catamaran that has been purpose built to be fully accessible for disabled people.
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Boating charity Wetwheels is swapping the water for the sky as it looks for fundraisers to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower next year.

In 2015, 20 people braved the trip down the 170-metre landmark and raised over £3,500 for Wetwheels.

This year the Portsmouth-based charity has 40 spaces available for first-time or experienced fundraisers to take part.

Karen Read, Wetwheels office manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be organising another abseiling event down the Spinnaker Tower and are thrilled to say that almost half the spaces have been taken already.

‘With the help of all our brave abseilers we are hoping to make this event our most successful to date.

‘Every penny raised is going directly to getting more disabled and disadvantaged people out on the water as well as putting smiles on their faces.’

Wetwheels has a custom-built, fully-accessible motor boat, and every year the charity takes hundreds of disabled people of all ages out onto the water.

The charity says it does this by ‘providing fun and adventurous experiences on the water within a specialist and motivational environment.’

Wetwheels supporter David Carter was one of the 2015 abseilers.

He said: ‘It was a wonderful feeling to know that I have achieved something personally that I had never considered before.

‘I’m proud to be able to help such an amazing charity in such a small way.

‘It was a life-changing experience not only for me but also the people Wetwheels take out on the water.

‘I have already registered for the next abseil.’

The 2016 abseil is taking place on May 30.

Anyone interested in taking part in the challenge needs 
to raise a minimum of £250 per person.

For more information, please contact Karen by emailing or phoning (023) 9281 9366.

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