New life jackets for Disabled Sailing Association following grant

The Disabled Sailing Association is to provide vital new life jackets for its members having received a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK.

David Musgrove, Chairman of the Association, received a cheque from Marilyn Saunders, a trustee of MAXIMUS Foundation UK. The Disabled Sailing Association, which provides opportunities for disabled people to experience sailing at sea, is to use the grant to support its regular sailing trips through the purchase of new life jackets for its boat, which is regularly at work six days a week. The Association provides two to three hour excursions – along with longer coastal passages – to the diababled, their families and carers.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups, particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Chris Blackwell, Chairman of the MAXIMUS Foundation, said:
“We’re delighted to be able to help the Disabled Sailing Association. It provides people with opportunities they would not otherwise have access to. Our Foundation is committed to supporting the work of organisations that benefit their local communities, and providing safe sailing trips for disabled people, their carers and families is something we’re very proud to be able to help with.”

David Musgrove, Chairman of the Disabled Sailing Association, said:
“We’re grateful for this grant, which will help us in continuing to provide sailing trips in a safe environment. The work our Association does changes people’s lives, and any support that assists us in doing that is truly welcome.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK
MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the North East Yorkshire and the Humber. MAXIMUS has forty years of experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also one of the largest providers of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians. HML is the provider of the DWP Fit for Work service available to GPs, employers and employees.

Disabled Sailing Association
The Disabled Sailing Association is a non-profit making charity, run for the disabled and by the disabled. The Association aims to give people with a disability, family and carers the opportunity to enjoy a safe and pleasurable experience of seagoing sailing, including short local cruising of two to three hours, along with longer coastal passages for the more adventurous.

For further information, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /