More sailing enthusiasts will be able to navigate their way to a broader horizon thanks to a £1,300 grant from a councillor.
The St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA), which meets at Lackford Lakes, received the money from St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Susan Glossop, who represents the Risby ward.
It will pay for two aft seat conversions for its training dinghies, allowing SESCA to train even more adults and youngsters, while a dilapidated bench overlooking the lakes will also be replaced.
Debs Steele, SESCA committee member said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this support.
“All of these water sports, whether it is dinghy sailing, windsurfing or canoeing, help self confidence and offer social participation, and SESCA’s role is to ensure that these opportunities are kept available to the whole of the community.
“The old bench was not accessible to people in wheelchairs whereas the new one is.”
The association caters for about 1,000 people a year. Its group membership includes WASH Sailability which caters exclusively for people with disabilities, Suffolk Scouts, the Bury, Mildenhall and Newmarket Sea Cadets, Culford and Priory schools, and Young People Afloat – a sailing group that provides instruction to nine to 18-year-olds and which has a waiting list of more than 60 people.
Cllr Glossop was joined by West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock, who is patron of the SESCA, to celebrate the arrival of the new kit. She said the group’s activities bring ‘enormous benefit to people’s lives’.