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Wetwheels Yorkshire To Receive Royal Welcome
The Princess Royal will visit Whitby on Yorkshire Day (August 1st) to perform the naming ceremony of Wetwheels Yorkshire (WWY)

A full week of celebrations will follow the Royal event during which sponsors Minster Law, who have supported Wetwheels Yorkshire from the outset, will fund numerous, inspirational adventures on the sea for those living with disabilities.

WWY is the fifth boat to be launched by the hugely popular charity, the Wetwheels Foundation.

Originally conceived in 2011 the Wetwheels Foundation builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

Their first boat, Wetwheels Solent, based in Portsmouth, made her debut in 2011.

This was followed by Wetwheels Jersey in 2013, Wetwheels Hamble in May 2016 and Wetwheels South East in Dover (also launched in 2018).

In just seven years the charity has taken thousands of disabled people on voyages of discovery.

Many modifications go into making a powerboat suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and Whitby’s location provided the chance to add a few more.

WWY has a specially modified aerial to allow access under the low bridge into the harbour and will be the first powerboat to have twin access doors allowing passengers to embark and disembark from either side providing many more options for her use up and down the Yorkshire coast.

Although based in Whitby, WWY hopes to be able to take passengers on trips from Scarborough and other Yorkshire ports.

She has trained commercial skippers plus a specially trained crew member on board for each trip during which passengers have the opportunity to view the coast from the water – and may even be able to take control of the boat helping to steer her.

A number of groups have already enjoyed safe, adventurous and inspirational trips on the water including Forget Me Not Childen's Hospice (Huddersfield), St Cecilia's Care Home (Scarborough) and many more. Bookings are now being taken.

Further details can be found at http://www.wetwheelsyorkshire.com.

Wetwheels Yorkshire To Receive Royal Welcome, 5th July 2018, 7:19 AM