The Wheelyboat Trust - Registered Charity Number 292216
We were formed in 1984 and were originally called the Handicapped Anglers Trust. Our principal aim at that time was to supply fisheries with the newly developed Wheelyboat to help them provide access for disabled anglers.
Founding Trustee, Alan Faulkner, conceived the idea of the Wheelyboat after his friend, Bill Buchanan, was paralysed in an accident on his farm. Alan was determined that in spite of Bill's disability (the injury had left him a wheelchair user) they would continue to enjoy each other's company while fishing. Plans for a prototype accessible boat were drafted and a team of people came together to develop the concept with funding from, among others, Action Research, The Fishmongers’ Company and Lord Inchcape. The first Wheelyboat built was officially launched by HRH Prince Charles at Fishmongers' Hall in 1985. Alan died in 2002 and Bill in 2007 but the legacy of their endeavours goes from strength to strength.
In 2004 we changed our name to The Wheelyboat Trust to reflect our broader aims and the clear demand for Wheelyboats for activities that now extend far beyond the fishing lake.
His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe (President)
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
Sir Max Hastings
Lord Steel of Aikwood KT KBE PC
Bernard Cribbins OBE Elizabeth Buchanan CVO
Mr AG Scott (Chairman)
Mr ANG Duckworth-Chad OBE DL
Mrs EV Macdonald-Buchanan
Mrs PV Seligman
Mr AVR Morgan
The Lady Anthony Hamilton
Mrs JE Wilson
Mr GES Seligman
The Countess of Lichfield
Mr I Thornley OBE
Mr A Beadsley
Ms L E Lloyd