As a result of Lily-Rose’s condition she has significant developmental delay; she cannot speak, sit, or stand independently. Simon Towler, clinical negligence specialist, acted for our client in respect of a clinical negligence claim. Namely; that a plaster cast was placed on our client’s leg incorrectly, which in turn, caused a pressure sore to form.
In spite of this ordeal, Lily-Rose has made a good recovery and has recently enjoyed a day out at sea which was organised by the charity ‘Wetwheels Foundation’. During this activity, Lily-Rose, as well as other children went on a boat trip to look at the white cliffs. The children were all given the opportunity to the steer the boat, with Lily-Rose steering it back to harbour. The crew members were friendly and engaging as they sung to the children and played the accordion.
Wetwheels offers a unique opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages to access the water. Active participation is central to the experiences Wetwheels provide; this is an aspect of the activities which helps improve confidence and overall wellbeing.
Similarly, Wetwheels ensures that the boat is accessible to all as a ramp is provided to aid wheelchair uses.
Wetwheels was founded by disabled yachtsman, Geoff Holt MBE, who was the first paralysed person to sail single-handedly around Great Britain. In 2010, Geoff was awarded an MBE for “Services to Disabled Sailing”. It is clear to see that ensuring those with disabilities have access to the water in a safe and enjoyable way is something the charity is extremely passionate about.
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