Prince Edward will visit Portsmouth sailing charity

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THE Earl of Wessex is visiting Portsmouth-based boating charity Wetwheels.

Prince Edward will be at the charity at Gunwharf Quays on Monday, September 29, where he will meet founder of Wetwheels, disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt MBE.

Mr Holt said: ‘We are delighted the Prince has asked to come and see what we do at Wetwheels.

‘We take about 1,000 local people a year on to the water, many of whom have never been afloat before.

‘The outcomes are always positive with guests often reporting increased feelings of wellbeing and improved self-confidence.

‘We are proud to be operating in Portsmouth but we could do so much more with more funding. Hopefully this visit will raise awareness of what we are doing.’

Wetwheels is a catamaran that enables everyone, regardless of disability, to get afloat and to enjoy the historic Portsmouth Harbour and surrounding waters.

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