A man who suffered a spinal injury and is a wheelchair user is embarking on a sailing trip around the UK and Ireland in aid of a disability charity.

Ian Wyllie was a nursing home resident at a Hampshire home for seven years after his injury, but is now looking to encourage others with disabilities to take up sailing.

He is taking on the challenge in honour of the Andrew Cassell Foundation (Racing For The Disabled), with the goal of raising £15,000 for the charity.

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He wrote on his Crowdfunder page: “I am sailing [around] Britain and Ireland in [my] 27-foot sailboat Sailing Trilleen in aid of the Andrew Cassell Foundation who coach disabled people to become independent disabled sailors and sail racers. The plan has been germinating since 2020 and now Trilleen and I are sailing! The latest updates are always at SailingTrilleen.org.”

The page expands: “Your gifts will enable Andrew Cassell Foundation to continue and expand the work it does helping disabled people become independent sailors. This specialist charity already makes an outsize, often life-changing, impact in its participants lives, and they would love to be able to help more people.”

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