The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) will be
holding an open day on 19 May at the site of its planned National Centre of
Excellence for Watersports for All, at Trevassack Lake on the Lizard Peninsula.
Visitors can learn about the Trust’s plans to develop the 26-acre disused
quarry, where building will soon commence, and can experience a range of fun,
free, water-based activities. Taking place during
the RYA’s month-long Push The Boat Out national campaign, the open day will run
from 10am to 4pm at Trevassack Lake, Garras, near Helston, Cornwall.
The Cornwall-based youth charity, dedicated to helping
children gain confidence, competence and resilience through watersports, has recently
received funding of £1.9 million to help realise its dream of a facility for
all young people – particularly those with special needs and disabilities.
Simon Osborne, HRCST CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able
to introduce the public to Trevassack Lake for the very first time, giving people
a taste of the activities and facilities that will available on-site when the
watersports centre opens in spring 2021. Visitors to our open day can explore
the lake by sit-on-top kayak or paddleboard and enjoy accompanied sailing with
our qualified instructors on adapted Hansa dinghies and standard craft. There will
also be a designated area for wild swimming.”
Martin Barlow, HRCST co-chair, added: “The funding, awarded
by the Coastal Communities Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural
Development, has given us the green light for development at Trevassack Lake –
a project we have been progressing for more than three years. Work will begin
on-site later this year, beginning with the building of a learning centre and
two specially adapted, high-quality lodges to provide family accommodation
suitable for children with severe disabilities.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to our open day to
see the adaptations already in place – including pontoons for boat and kayak
launching. We’re particularly excited to be able to unveil a unique floating
classroom, which will be used for outdoor learning and to give young people
with disabilities the chance to experience the freedom of being afloat. This
innovative craft, pioneered by HRCST trustee Jonathan Thornton and generously
supported by the Mark Benevolent Fund, can carry groups of up to 15 people,
including three wheelchair users. We hope visitors will come and give it a try.”
Helford Hog Roasts will be catering on the day, with HRCST
benefiting from all income raised. Hot drinks and cakes will also be available,
with plenty of space for picnics. Visitors who plan to try any activities can
bring their own wetsuits, or old clothes and a suitable waterproof jacket,
although buoyancy aids will be provided.
Access is via a single-track road,
with onsite car parking and overspill parking arrangements in place on the day.
Those with additional needs or mobility problems are
encouraged to discuss their requirements for activity provision or parking with
the HRCST on 07855 785102 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.