It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly generous, supportive and big-hearted people are.
Since we started raising money to support Surfability UK in September last year, we have raised just over £4000!
”Surfability UK is a non-profit, community interest company that provides adapted and inclusive surfing sessions for people with disabilities and learning difficulties. Their aim is to make surfing as accessible as possible to people who have additional needs. They use best practice and training from experience in special education and combine it with Surf coaching to create an environment which is truly inclusive and which unlocks access to the many benefits and fun associated with surfing. Surfability uses equipment such as beach access wheelchairs, tandem surfboards and transfer equipment to include people who could not otherwise access this activity. Surfability currently has between 30 and 50 participants per week with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties. Sessions run from Caswell Bay on the Gower near Swansea and can continue year round on the indoor standing wave at the LC2 leisure centre.”
Gumby Legacy decided to raise funds to help subsidise children to experience the thrill and benefits of surfing for themselves as it can be quite costly at £10 per session. Eight children attended a six-week block of surfing at Caswell Bay at the end of last year and the second group of children started last week at the LC2. We have plans and funds set aside for at least another three blocks before our next Surf’s Up fundraiser in the summer (July or August 2015 TBC).
Gumby Legacy is REALLY pleased to be able to announce that we have also been able to provide Surfability UK CIC with £2500 to go towards purchasing a new vehicle.
This was a decision we made after Ben requested our help:
‘’Our van has recently broken down and had to be scrapped so it is currently very difficult transporting all the surfing equipment to and from the beach. Tandem surfboards are 12ft long, the beach chair is quite bulky and wetsuits, boots etc all take up a lot of room so transport is currently quite tricky, heavy and time consuming. We would like to request the help of The Gumby Legacy in funding a new van for transporting surfing and mobility aid equipment. A vehicle would also allow us to provide our services at other beaches such as Aberavon and make our services more easily accessible for people in areas other than Swansea. Surfability has been operating for just over a year and has reinvested any profits from this year in purchasing surfing equipment and training so we do not currently have funds for a new vehicle.’’
It’s thanks to all of your generosity and kindness that we have been able to provide this support so far and we are so extremely grateful!
Unfortunately however, our work is not yet done as a new van will cost £5000.
Because so many more children with additional needs will be able to access this awesome opportunity to surf at different beaches such as Aberavon, it would be fabulous if we could raise a bit more to help Surfability UK get closer to this purchase.
A group of us have signed up to do this totally insane event in April and I am really hopeful we will all survive it intact! It will be a huge achievement for all of us as far as physical ability goes and it would be made even more incredibly sweet if we are able to raise the extra £2500 needed to purchase the van. (No pressure there then all of you!)
If you fancy getting involved and doing this event with us, as part of a team out to have fun while completing it, there is still time to sign up. The more the merrier and I have even designed a handy training plan for you to follow.
If you think you would be better suited to a different event – that would be really cool too. There are many of you from all over the world who knew and loved Gumby and I know he would be so chuffed to know people are getting active and doing crazy things in his memory. The crazier, the better!
Do it for the pure exhilaration of being alive and able.
If you would like to try and raise money for this totally helpful and awesome goal, here is a Gumby Legacy sponsorship form to download so you can get support from family, friends, colleagues and people off the street – whoever and wherever you can!
If you would like to make a donation without fussing about finding a sponsorship form, then please click here.
Every little helps!!
Thank you for being so wonderful 🙂 xx