Port Solent announces Andrew Simpson Foundation as its Charity Partner
Disadvantaged children will be given the opportunity to sail on the water thanks to the work of a charity who will now be supported by a Hampshire shopping centre.
Port Solent has committed to partner with the Andrew Simpson Foundation, who use sailing to promote health and wellbeing as well as developing personal skills improving a young person’s ability to succeed in life and work.
The charity facilitates a wider participation in sailing, encouraging children and young adults from all backgrounds to get out on the water, catering for a range of physical and educational abilities.
Lisa Fowler, spokesperson for Port Solent, says the centre has committed to supporting the charity with its links to the marina, adding: “Being based alongside the marina, we have a strong link with the marine industry and through hosting events for kids and being a family destination, we thought a charity that helps children of all abilities get out on the water was very apt.
“The locality of the Andrew Simpson Foundation also appealed to us, and the back story of Andrew Simpson, also known as Bart, was truly inspiring.”
Recently, Port Solent hosted a Watersports Weekend with the Andrew Simpson Foundation.
This involved giving visitors the opportunity to get on the water in a kayak or SUP, in a sectioned off area in the Port Solent marina.
Donations of £5 were encouraged from anyone wishing to get involved. There will also be an additional Watersports Weekend held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.
Lisa continued: “We’re delighted to give our visitors a watersports taster at our Watersports Weekends with the Andrew Simpson Foundation. The events will provide a great example of what the charity offer, and we hope guests will get out on the water and have lots of fun.”
Port Solent is the south coast’s premier destination marina with easy access to the Solent.
For more information, please visit: www.andrewsimpsonfoundation.org