WEYMOUTH Marina held its annual charity party to raise £1,000 for Chesil Sailability.

Berth holders enjoyed a great evening of social activity providing a fantastic opportunity for those newer to boating or those new to the marina to meet like-minded people.

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the band and fish and chips all laid on by the marina staff. The point of the evening was to raise money for local charities and this year we received a request from a customer to support Chesil Sailability.

The charity provides opportunities for people with disabilities to sail – either for fun, to learn to sail, or to progress to sailing competitively.

It provides people with the opportunity to take part in a healthy, sociable and outdoor activity, and enables a freedom on the water regardless of their disability.

Marina Manager Alistair Clarke said: “Our berth holder party is a great event that helps us support the efforts of local charities that do so much good.

"The whole team at Chesil Sailability work hard to promote sailing and we are delighted to be able to help them get more people on the water.”

David Griffith Chair of Trustees Chesil Sailability said: "On behalf of all of us at Chesil Sailability I would like the thank everyone at Dean and Reddyhoff Weymouth Marina for this very generous donation towards the running costs of our charity.

"It is only with such financial support and the input of our wonderful volunteers that we can provide opportunities for our Sailability Sailors to get out on the water.

"We will use this money to increase the number of available places that we can provide in 2018 building upon the successful 2017 season.

"We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help run our sailing sessions should anyone wish to join us and would like to find out more please visit www.chesilsailability.org.uk"