Green MEP to take a trip on Wetwheels

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A GREEN MEP will be visiting a Portsmouth not-for-profit organisation to see how it helps disabled people to experience power boating.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the south east, will visit Portsmouth’s Wetwheels to hear about the organisation’s work.

Wetwheels provides boat trips for people with disabilities. Mr Taylor will meet one of the groups taking a boat ride on Tuesday.

Mr Taylor said: ‘Too often those with disabilities are overlooked and their access and opportunities are unnecessarily restricted.

‘Wetwheels is working hard to challenge this – in the last year, they’ve taken 900 people on boat trips.

‘The issue of accessibility is particularly important to me.

‘I’ve worked to promote better accessibility for people with disabilities in transport in Europe.

‘While the work of not-for-profit organisations like Wetwheels is crucial, we also need much stronger action by our government to ensure better accessibility in all areas of life, from transport to recreation to employment, for those with disabilities.’

Geoff Holt MBE, chief executive officer and founder of Wetwheels said: ‘We look forward to welcoming Keith and having an opportunity to explain what we do.

‘As a severely disabled person myself, I’ve witnessed the life-enhancing benefits a trip on the water can bring.

‘I want to ensure that our waters are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.’

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