The East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST) is one step away from scooping a prestigious national award.

The charity, which gives adults and children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy sailing, helping them gain independence and confidence and engage with the community, has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s best National Lottery funded projects.  Now in their 15th year, the Awards celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. The awards are split into seven categories, the Suffolk based East Anglian Sailing Trust has been selected as a finalist in the Best Sport Project.  The winners are selected by public vote.

Winners receive a £5,000 prize, trophy and national recognition at an awards ceremony broadcast on the BBC. Winning this award will ensure EAST can continue to provide their life changing sailing opportunities for disabled children and adults, including blind adults.

Voting runs between 27th June 2018 and 27th July 2018, with winners notified in August.

To vote for EAST please call 0844 836 9706 (Telephone voting calls cost 5p max), CLICK HERE or tweet/retweet #NLAEast.

Vicky’s Story

“I was paralysed in 2002 after suffering a rare condition known as vascular spinal stroke.

“I was 35 years old.

“I lost my job and had to move home, so I spent a long time existing in a dark place rather than living.

“I was in Ipswich town centre when a member of the East Anglian Sailing Trust asked me if I had considered sailing. The team were very welcoming and even without experience, the instructors made me feel relaxed and that sailing could be possible, despite my disability.

“Without the East Anglian Sailing Trust I would possibly still be in a dark depression. They gave me a new lease of life, which has continued for almost a decade. I have also made some great friends from sailing.”

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