You may be aware that Freightlink sponsor Hollybank Trust – a trust where children and adults with profound learning disabilities are supported through their daily lives. Mark Stephens, Co-Director of Freightlink talks about the company's relationship with Otley Sailing Club and Hollybank.
"The support provides a number of essential activities which revolve around physical, mental, educational, and medical programmes - each child or adult needs are specific. However, on a weekly basis a team of guys from Hollybank visit Otley Sailing Club (OSC) near Leeds. OSC is a non-profit club, it gained official charity status at the end of 2015. Following my Dad's retirement some years ago he decided to become a volunteer support worker for OSC. He is the senior instructor there and currently works voluntarily 4 days per week.
Also a couple of years ago, me and my Mum raised sponsorship by jumping out of a plane (yes me, believe it or not!). Our daredevil jump raised enough to purchase a special dinghy named ‘Freefall”, one of a small fleet of dinghies specifically designed not to capsize. On a weekly basis, these dinghies are used by Hollybank, and a growing number of northern based schools / educational authority centres supporting children and young adults with varying levels of abiliity.
At the back end of last year the BBC Sport Get Inspired produced a video, at OSC. Goz Ugochukwu posted an article in December which describes the attempts at sailing (harder than you think!). You can see “Freefall” in action, and our Freightlink logo on the stern (that’s the back for those of you that don't know!) of the dinghy on the lake! See if you can spot my dad's spaniel too!
Freightlink are proud to support the Hollybank trust, something we will continue to do through 2016 and beyond."