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28/04/2022

Comedian Peter Kay launches ‘wheelyboat’ at the Anderton Centre

Comedian Peter Kay launched Lancashire’s first wheelchair-accessible wheely boat at outdoor activity charity the Anderton Centre, which is part of the University of Bolton Group.

The 48-year-old comic writer and actor was the guest of honour to cut the ribbon on the state of the art craft which allows disabled adults and children to enjoy sailing and water sports.

Peter Kay and David Germain

Peter said he was thrilled to be presented with a T-shirt by Anderton Centre Chief Executive Officer David Germain, which was marked ‘honorary instructor’.

He said: “It’s very lovely to be here today. I’m honoured to be asked to launch this fantastic wheely boat, which I hope gives a lot of people a lot of pleasure and happiness out on the water.

“The Anderton Centre is a fantastic place and I love coming here, the people are really nice.

“I have been here with my children and they love it. It’s a hidden gem in Bolton, a lovely place.”

David thanked Peter and the VIP guests, including Chorley MP and Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, at the launch at Lower Rivington Reservoir: “This wheely boat will improve health, wellbeing, life chances and broaden horizons for all of its users.

“It will be able to set challenges, provide thrills, adventure excitement and help forge lifelong friendships and relationships.”

The fully accessible Coulam Wheelyboat V17 powerboat removes the barriers to water-based activities, enabling disabled people to participate alongside and on equal terms with their able-bodied counterparts.

David said that the wheely boat would have not been possible without the support of a number of Grant Funders, including:

Peter Kay

Bruce Wake Trust

Peter Harrison Foundation

Duchy of Lancashire Benevolent Fund

RYA Sailability Investment Fund

Mather Family Trust

Arnold Clarke Charitable Foundation

Bernard Sunley Foundation

Aviva Community Fund

The Anderton Centre Paddle Sports Club

Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative

The Wheelyboat Trust

The Anderton Centre is operated by registered charity Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative, an organisation with the objective of developing positive use of the outdoors.

 

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