Blackmore Vale Lions President Ian Simpson, Mike Marks and George Wagland presented a cheque for £1500 to Richard Percy the CEO of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation at their headquarters in the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on Wednesday 13 April 2016.
Andrew Simpson MBE died at the age of 36, in an accident on board the Artemis AC72 yacht in San Francisco Bay and in his honour a Foundation was set up in his memory that provides the challenges of a sailing environment to promote health and wellbeing, and to develop personal skills that will improve a young person’s ability to succeed in life and work.
The foundation recognises sailing as a sport and as a recreation that is not always accessible to everyone owing to either a lack of finance, a physical / learning disability or mental health / social barriers. The Foundation helps to break down those barriers by working with sailing providers to offer financial and practical support in the delivery of inspiring sailing programmes around the world.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is one of the nominated beneficiaries of the annual Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon and the Lions wish ASSF every success in the future.