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'Sail For A Fiver' Scheme Receives £100,000 Donation

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8:07am 27th February 2014

A generous donation is giving more children in Dorset the chance to sail on the waters where Team GB won Olympic Gold.

The Chesil Trust has received £100,000 from the widow of a man named Rod Shipley who passed away in 2012.

That money is being used to support their "Sail for a Fiver" programme that sees Year 6 pupils pay the reduced fee to take to the water and learn how to sail boats at the prestigious Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Di Ludlow, Chairman of The Chesil Trust said the special programme has improved access to the sport for loads of youngster's right across Dorset;

"The Sail for a Fiver" scheme has enabled over 12,000 Dorset children between the ages of 10 and 11 to experience sailing on our Olympic waters.  

The scheme will be renamed the  "Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver" scheme in recognition and thanks to Mrs Shipley for the generous donation in memory of Rod".   

Mrs Shipley's kind donation will help keep the popular sailing programme running for another 3 years.

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