Our charity has been recognised by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

To say we are thrilled and honoured is a huge understatement.

For this incredible moment in our charity’s 37 year history to take place almost at the same time as the arrival of our new boat, after nine years' fundraising is truly amazing!

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None of this could have happened without your extremely generous donations that enabled us to reach our target and obtain a brand new purpose-built motor catamaran.

The vessel will future proof our ability to provide access to therapeutic and beneficial sea going experiences for those living with disability for decades to come.

On behalf of our charity, I particularly wanted to send you all our heartfelt thanks for your support.

We hope that you will also share in the delight, pride and encouragement that this award has brought for our volunteers and most importantly for our very deserving passengers.

DIRK ALDOUS

Q.P.M. Chairman/Skipper Friends of M.V.Freedom