£100,000 donation will keep Sail for a Fiver scheme afloat

Dorset Echo: £100,000 donation will keep Sail for a Fiver scheme afloat £100,000 donation will keep Sail for a Fiver scheme afloat

THE popular ‘Sail for a Fiver’ scheme that has helped thousands of youngsters to learn the sport will continue thanks to a £100,000 donation.

The Chesil Trust, which oversees the scheme, has received the donation from Mrs Elma Shipley in memory of her husband Rod who died in 2012. This donation will enable the popular “Sail for a Fiver” scheme to continue for at least another three years.

Mr Shipley owned Chesil Beach Motors and was a popular local businessman.

Born in Pickering, North Yorkshire he was educated at The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook where he experienced sailing for the first time.

In recognition of this inspiration, his wife Elma, who lives on Portland, donated £100,000 to the trust to give local school children a chance to experience sailing. Di Ludlow, Chairman of The Chesil Trust said: “The ‘Sail for a Fiver’ scheme has enabled more than 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 Ludlow added: “To formally thank Mrs Shipley and to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the scheme we are hosting a cake and coffee reception at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy at 11am on Thursday February 27 where Olympian and Patron of the Chesil Trust, Simon Hiscocks will receive the cheque from Mrs Shipley”.

The Trust works with providers – the Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre and the specialist sailing school based at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing academy who in turn work closely with schools throughout Dorset. The programme allows Year 6 schoolchildren to sail for a charge of just £5. The Trust then tops this up to make sure the providers can cover their costs

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4:59pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Wykewize says...

So good to read a good news story! Thank you Mrs Shiplyey. Who knows, the next Olympic champion may be discovered thanks to her generosity.
So good to read a good news story! Thank you Mrs Shiplyey. Who knows, the next Olympic champion may be discovered thanks to her generosity. Wykewize
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5:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Newground says...

Mrs Shipley, you are a star!

We didn't get too much of an Olympic Legacy but this initiative is just about the best.

Let's all raise a glass to the memory of Rod Shipley and the reality of his marvellous wife...
Mrs Shipley, you are a star! We didn't get too much of an Olympic Legacy but this initiative is just about the best. Let's all raise a glass to the memory of Rod Shipley and the reality of his marvellous wife... Newground
  • Score: 10

6:05pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

That's fantastic news!
The 'sail for a fiver scheme' has been hugely popular and it has given hundreds and hundreds of local children from our schools, the chance to get out on the water and have a go at sailing. Many have enoyed it so much that they have gone on to do further courses.
The late Bill Ludlow did a huge amount in supporting sailing locally and continues with his wife, Di. Now we can raise a glass (or two !) in memory of big Rod and thank Elma for this wonderful legacy.
I hope a successor to Sail Lazer has been found who can deliver the sailing instruction with as good a base and set up as they had.
That's fantastic news! The 'sail for a fiver scheme' has been hugely popular and it has given hundreds and hundreds of local children from our schools, the chance to get out on the water and have a go at sailing. Many have enoyed it so much that they have gone on to do further courses. The late Bill Ludlow did a huge amount in supporting sailing locally and continues with his wife, Di. Now we can raise a glass (or two !) in memory of big Rod and thank Elma for this wonderful legacy. I hope a successor to Sail Lazer has been found who can deliver the sailing instruction with as good a base and set up as they had. Tinker2
  • Score: 7

10:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

neduk0408 says...

That is absolutely amazing news for the Sail for £5 scheme, I hope this means a return of the scholarship scheme that give the kids the opportunity to take part in a full course when they were recognised for natural talent and putting in extra effort.

Good luck to SailLaser's successor lets hope someone is appointed soon to carry on the fantastic work that they carried out, shame they didn't get a mention in the article.

All the best Mr and Mrs Shipley for this more than generous donation.
That is absolutely amazing news for the Sail for £5 scheme, I hope this means a return of the scholarship scheme that give the kids the opportunity to take part in a full course when they were recognised for natural talent and putting in extra effort. Good luck to SailLaser's successor lets hope someone is appointed soon to carry on the fantastic work that they carried out, shame they didn't get a mention in the article. All the best Mr and Mrs Shipley for this more than generous donation. neduk0408
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