20 March 2019
Seven new Coulam 16 Wheelyboats will enable angling clubs and fisheries to provide disabled anglers, and wheelchair users in particular, with fishing access.
Applications from clubs and fisheries are now being invited for the first four Wheelyboats in the spring round of awards.
These purpose-built angling boats are already widely used on fisheries all over the UK. Built with a hydraulic platform that lowers the angler to floor level where they can then position themselves at the bow or stern. The Coulam 16 Wheelyboat can be driven from a wheelchair, and once on board the disabled angler can operate the boat entirely independently.
The Wheelyboat Trust has raised £35,000 in grants from the Peter Harrison Foundation (£30,000) and Lord Barnby’s Foundation (£5,000) to support this initiative.
The application process is now open at https://grants.anglingtrust.net where detailed information about the project and funding is available. The closing date for applications is Saturday 30 April. Best of luck, and tight lines!
Image credit Llyn Brenig