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Many years ago, I was a very keen sailor in my younger days, unfortunately between that time and now I have a disability, from an acquired major head injury (Which now means the left side of my body is weak, & my left arm / hand is paralysed), after some friendly persuasion from a friend of mine, she had heard about a sailing club which can cater for disabled people somewhere over in or nearby the Telford area?, she set me the task to try and find out where they are? And to make contact with them, to see if they could help me get back into sailing again?, Using Google.co.uk I searched the surrounding area for sailing clubs, the closest one I could find, which could cater for disabled sailing, was the Telford sailing club over at Priorslee lake, Priorslee, Telford, using yell.com, I set about finding out more information about Telford sailing club aka T.S.C. It was from here that I found the clubs homepage, it was from this that I made contact with the club via an email, the club passed me onto their sailability instructor, Paul Devey, Paul make contact with me soon after, and we arranged to meet up on a certain day at a time which would suit us both. In order to ease me back into sailing after 20+ years since I had last sailed, Paul thought my best option to re-learn the ropes again, would be to put me into an access dinghy (Exceptionally stable & easy to operate with only one hand) Getting into the boat off the jetty was easy, as I was being helped in by three or four volunteers, I simply sat on the edge of the jetty and lowered myself into the boat, once in the boat after I was given a quick rundown on how the controls in this boat worked, I set off from the jetty, with confidence building with every passing second, began to head up towards the furthest point up the lake, cruised around a large marker buoy and started to head back down the lake to the jetty halfway down the lake, I had noticed the skies had darkened significantly and rain was imminent, the heavens soon opened, it was pouring down very heavily, nonetheless I continued towards the jetty, Paul and four other volunteers got me off of the boat safely back onto the jetty, once on terra firma again (Trembling with joy & excitement), I quickly headed to the nearby shelter. When the rain eventually eased walked over to the clubhouse, once inside a hot cup of tea was handed to me, I began to dry myself off, and get out of my wet waterproofs, ever since that moment when I walked back inside that clubhouse, and returned home, I have been wearing a huge broad flip top head smile, have made arrangements to return to the club a minimum of once a week everybody there is so happy, helpful, encouraging and motivated, so much so that I really do feel I can achieve great things with this club both for myself and for / with others.

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