Leading marine services business Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has donated monies to Bristol-based charity All Aboard! Watersports (AAW) to fund a new dinghy specifically designed to cater for the needs of individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities or infirmities.
AAW strives to make it possible for everyone in the community to join in a range of watersports and activities in the Bristol City Docks including those who would otherwise, for whatever reason, feel there are barriers to participation.
Rob Grimmond, CEO at OMM, which was established in Bristol in 2003, said: “The work that AAW carries out is inspirational and we wanted to support it. Our business is all about the marine environment so when we looked at how we could support the community where OMM began, AAW was an obvious choice.”
Tim Stevenson, Chair of AAW, added: “The new dinghy will help even more people enjoy watersports in a safe and fun way. We receive no funding from local or central government so are reliant on donations such as this to keep our activities running. We’re very excited about this most generous gift which will bring joy to many disabled and disadvantaged youngsters.”
Since its inception, OMM has maintained a commitment to local communities, with previous donations awarded to the Sea Cadets and an Eco youth centre amongst others. This donation was made from the Offshore Marine Management Fund held by Quartet Community Foundation.
For more information about All Aboard! Watersports and how to make a donation go to www.allaboardwatersports.co.uk.