THE FRIENDS OF DOLPHIN
Dolphin is a specially prepared boat to give wheel chair users a trip around Poole Harbour. It is run by volunteers. Two trips daily throughout the summer. Friends of Dolphin is a registered charity which funds and supports the project. During October the vessel must be lifted out of the water and thoroughly serviced.
- To continue to give support to the many organisations who use the service, all of whom attest that these trips are useful in focusing the users enthusiasm and excited anticipation. The pleasure is obvious, plain to see.
- The scheme has been running since 1979, we are now using Dolphin III the third boat. Since the beginning, 45,000 wheel chair users and their carers have enjoyed the two hour free trip.
- Last year we had to raise £15,000 to replace the engines, which had failed the annual certification tests. Funds are therefore desperately low for annual maintenance
How we will achieve our goals
Fund raising to restore bank balance is never easy. A community award will ensure continuity.
Where the money will go
For more than 30 years wheel chair users and their carers have had something special to look forward to. An experience that would not have been possible without Dolphin. Last year Friends of Dolphin was awarded The Queen’s Award for Community Service. A wonderful recognition of our work – but unfortunately unaccompanied by any cash!