A charity that provides accessible boat trips to wheelchair users and people living with disabilities in Weymouth has received a generous £500 donation.

The M.V. Freedom is a 10-metre motor catamaran that has been specifically designed and built to cater for wheelchair users and those living with disability.

Friends of M.V. Freedom were chosen by Care South as the latest beneficiary of its Chairman’s 2020 Fund – Which is a fund set up in 2020 to give back to community groups, services and organisations which directly benefit Care South’s residents and staff, and their Care at Home clients.

Simon Bird, Care South’s Chief Executive, said: “The residents in our care at Buxton House look forward to their trips out with the Friends of M.V. Freedom and often say it’s one of their highlights of the summer.

“It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the volunteers towards the maintenance and upkeep of the boat to ensure that the residents can enjoy trips out for many years to come.”

Buxton House is a residential and dementia care home on Radipole Lane in Weymouth.

The Mayor of Weymouth Cllr Kate Weller, who is President of Friends of M.V. Freedom, said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to Care South for such a generous donation which will make a big difference.

“We love taking Buxton House’s residents out on the water as they enjoy seeing Weymouth seafront from a different perspective, feeling the breeze through their hair, smelling the salty sea air and feel like being out on the sea is an experience unlike any other."