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2012 Hurley Regatta gives ‘highest ever’ donation to SportsAble

Six members of the Hurley Regatta committee visited SportsAble on the of 15th November 2012 to present a cheque for £5,000 and to witness Paralympic sport in action.

Regatta Chairman Martin Fry, Treasurer Colin Ames, and four other committee members thought they were doing a standard cheque presentation but instead got a lesson in target air rifle shooting from SportsAble volunteer Rod German.
After listening to a short talk on how SportsAble helps marksmen and women develop their talent the visitors then got to watch as a handful of members took part in a competition. Impressing the guests with almost perfect scores were competitors with a range of disabilities from MS sufferers to visually impaired shooters ( who use a special audio device to help them zone in on the target).

The generous donation is made up of proceeds raised from the Hurley Regatta Committee’s 40th annual event, which that took place on 18th August 2012,and a Barn Dance that was held in September. Approximately 1500 people visited the popular regatta that hosts a mix of fun and serious events on the river as well as games, stalls and entertainment on the dry side.

Over the years the hard working Hurley regatta committee have ensured that a staggering £69,000 has been raised for good causes and this year, SportsAble was proud to be the main beneficiary. "We decided early on in 2012 to select SportsAble to be the principal charity to be supported from the net proceeds of this year’s Regatta"
said Hurley Regatta Chairman Martin Fry as he made the donation to SportsAble’s President John Jenkins and Sports Manager Nick Gibbs.

"The charity has done superb work over the years in helping people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities at all levels. It seemed very appropriate that we should choose them, in the year of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. I am delighted to say that the amount we were able to donate to our chosen charities is the highest ever."

Sports Manager Nick Gibbs was extremely pleased to receive the donation. "It’s a fantastic amount and one that we will be able to use to fund the development of our Junior Sports Section. Following on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games we’ve had lots more enquiries from junior members and this will help to provide sport just for them. Our enormous thanks goes to the Hurley Regatta Committee and to all the residents of Hurley who supported the event."


The amount we are able to donate each year is entirely dependant on the success of the Regatta. Some years major boat repairs or purchases, and other unforeseen expenses eat into our profit. So it is no small feat that we have always been able to donate a substantial amount to the chosen charity and for this we are continually grateful to our supporters, sponsors, competitors, spectators and helpers to whom we owe a big ‘thank you’.


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