We are raising funds to bring the following projects to fruition.  Do please help with a donation - clicking on the link for the project you would like to support will take you to our CAF Donate page.  If you can help us with a one-off or regular donation towards day-to-day operational costs please click here.  



As featured in BBC1’s Countryfile on 17 March, we are helping North Wales Sailability, who are based at the Conway Centre on the Menai Straits, Anglesey, acquire our brand new V17 Wheelyboat model. Formed just a year ago, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth and success with 220 individuals participating so far. There is currently no provision for pan-disability access to water sports in North Wales, so in order to provide it with the resources and equipment it needs to meet the growing demand for its activities, the group, with the centre’s support, has created the SEAS Project. SEAS is a five-year programme that will establish a community led and funded group that will have the equipment and professional support to be sustainable for 25 years. The project’s primary objectives are to enable disabled people to become physically active, improve their health and well-being and create new social opportunities by targeting inequalities in outdoor activity participation and offer greater support where barriers to regular participation exist. It will also provide a facility for disabled young people to access physical, social and health education to help them develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Our role in the SEAS Project is to help equip the group with accessible powerboats. Firstly, later this year our brand new model, a V17 Wheelyboat, and towards the end of next year a V24 Wheelyboat.

A V20 Wheelyboat for 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scout group to operate from their water activities centre on the River Thames in Surrey. Having a Wheelyboat join their fleet will make a fundamental step change in the group’s ability to provide water-based activities that everybody, irrespective of disability, can participate in fully. Benefiting will be disabled children between the ages of 6 and 18 joining the group along with the nearly 1,400 scouts in Surrey who are disabled. The group provides water-based activities to the local community and the V20 will enable them to expand this service to Special Educational Needs schools, care homes, charities and disabled youth groups. Click here to download full details of the project's aims and objectives.

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A V20 Wheelyboat to operate on the Thames at Wallingford in Oxfordshire providing individuals and groups with organised trips. Also powerboat driving tuition and qualifications enabling disabled people to organise and run their own trips with friends and family. In the Wallingford area disabled people have no opportunity to enjoy an intimate relationship with the Thames, its scenery and wildlife that many able-bodied people simply take for granted. WABC aims to redress this imbalance and provide disabled people with the ability to experience life afloat in an open day-boat that they are able to helm themselves. Click here to download full details of the project's aims and objectives.

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Design and development of a new mid-sized Wheelyboat model.

We need to replace our ageing aluminium Mk III Wheelyboat with a new design based on the very successful V20 launched in 2014. We have an excellent track record of bringing new Wheelyboat projects to fruition that have a considerable impact on the community we serve. Wheelyboats enable groups and organisations to create innovative services as providers of accessible waterborne activities that help disabled people directly, bringing positive and significant benefits to their health, well-being and life experiences. The V17 is a much anticipated addition to the portfolio of Wheelyboat models. It will provide us with a much improved design to directly replace the old Mk III as well as bridging the considerable gap between the Mk III’s and V20’s capability and performance. It will provide disabled people with a highly versatile and capable craft that will enable them to make the most of their abilities and opportunities. Click here to download full details of the project's aims and objectives.


The first V17 Wheelyboat off the production line will go to Wareham Boat Hire in Dorset, an existing Wheelyboat venue. They operate a Mk III on the River Frome as a self-drive hire boat, a well-used facility that was supplied as part of the Countryside Mobility scheme funded by The Big Lottery Fund. They are now a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre and will be running the new RYA Powerability scheme as well as offering powerboating courses to people with disabilities. The V17 is exactly what they need for powerboating trips and tuition downstream in Poole Harbour. Click here to download full details of the project's aims and objectives.


Would you be able to help with our RUNNING COSTS? Funding the operational costs of bringing new Wheelyboat projects to fruition is entirely reliant on donations. You can send us a cheque by post in which case please download and complete a Gift Aid form to make your donation 25% more valuable. You can make an online donation via the button below or via our Justgiving page.

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We all need to write a will so that we can help protect the future of our family and friends. When it comes to writing yours, please consider a gift of a LEGACY to The Wheelyboat Trust. You have undoubtedly enjoyed the fresh air and freedom of the countryside and quite possibly the spray of fresh or salt water on your cheeks. You know how important activities like these are to your wellbeing. A gift to the Trust in your will is a guarantee that disabled people whose choices are limited will benefit from the freedom and exhilaration Wheelyboats provide.

If you would like to leave a gift please download the information sheet that explains the process and the codicil form that will add the Trust as a beneficiary in your will. If you would like donations instead of flowers at your funeral please download the please honour my wishes form. Alternatively, contact us to request a pack by post.