A CHARITY has splashed out on new watersports kits after a cash boost from a heating oil supplier.
F Peart & Co has given Coquet Shorebase Trust in Amble £500 to purchase much-needed buoyancy suits and wetsuits, which are essential to ensure the safety of those taking part in the activities.
The charity, which is based on Coquet Street, aims to provide affordable watersports and water training for the local community since it began operating in Amble in 1992. With the help from companies such as F Peart & Co, the charity assists over 200 people a week who attend courses at the centre.
The new kits will be used by junior members of the canoe, sailing and windsurfing clubs, as well as many other groups, including guides and scouts, who use the centre for an introduction to watersports.
The donation was made as part of F. Peart & Co’s charitable bursary scheme, after Vic Brown, volunteer manager of the trust, contacted the company.
Vic said: “Local people of all ages and from all walks of life get involved at the trust, and they can learn new skills, make friends and gain confidence. Some even go on to work in the watersport industry using the qualifications we help them gain.
“Buying new equipment at the end of the season is essential, and we are really grateful to F Peart & Co for their generous donation, which has helped us to ensure our members are training safely.”
Laura Jackson, business manager at F Peart & Co, said: “It is wonderful to be able to award local community groups with donations through the bursary scheme and it was a pleasure to be able to provide the Coquet Shorebase Trust with the equipment required.
“This bursary is our way of supporting some great causes in the area and keeping in touch with our local communities.”