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Wild Wetwheels Experience

Three young people along with three carers from our Footprints home have been out to sea – experiencing life in the fast lane on a specially adapted power boat.

The group went to Dover on a seal looking experience on 30th August to take part in the outing, which was organised with the Wetwheels Foundation.

Wetwheels is a south-east based charity that provides the opportunity for all disabled people, including those with profound and complex disabilities, to access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way on board a specially built, fully accessible powerboat.

The founder, Geoff Holt MBE, was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and after many awards and sailing expeditions, he set the Wetwheels Foundation up in 2011.

Our Footprints Home Manager, Laura Pearce said: “The staff there were fantastic, and our young people absolutely loved it, it was such a sensory experience!

“Sensory experiences are so important for our service users because it improves their personal skills and goals but this particular experience with Wetwheels really allowed for them to build their communication and teamwork. We are so incredibly proud of everything they have and will achieve.

“Taking part in activities of this kind helps our residents with their confidence and helps them to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. We can’t wait to organise another trip soon.”