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Fairwinds Art Exhibition raises more than £4000 for Foundation.

Supporters of the Andrew Cassell Foundation inspired by the late John Garlick raised over £4,400 over the weekend at an Art Show featuring nine of the Island’s artists. Held at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, paintings were available for auction and general sale.

Fairwinds Art Exhibition

Explore this celebration of local marine artists supporting Andrew Cassell Foundation.

Matt Grier, the charity’s director said that such an injection of funds would enable another boat to be adapted for anyone with either mobility or sensory problems a long with training volunteers. This means we are now in a position to enable individuals with greater disabilities who feels they would like to learn to sail or race in our famous Solent waters on an equal playing field. The current focus is on developing a fixed seat which would enable, for example, someone with a high neck break and limited arm function to helm one of our 23ft keelboats.

The art show, of which the main sponsor was Spinlock, saw seventy four guests attend a preview evening where nine paintings, each donated by one of the artists, were auctioned for the foundation. On display was approximately 90 paintings with prices ranging from £20 to over £1,400 pounds thus there was something for all budgets.

The charity was founded in 1996 by Paralympian Andy Cassell, gold medalist, who wanted to give disabled people like himself the opportunity to sail and race with able bodied people on a level playing field. For this reason, the Sonar Keel sailing boats are ideal for sailors of all abilities but adapting them can be an expensive process.

Sailing also brings a much needed social support structure to an individual along with getting them out and about, an actively supports their physical and mental health increasing confidence and independence.

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