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People's Millions Pontoon opens at Calvert Trust Exmoor

Councillor Andrea Davis today opened Calvert Trust Exmoor’s new water sports facilities, which were funded through the Big Lottery People’s Millions project.

Cllr Davis Cutting the Ribbon


Calvert Trust Exmoor’s ‘Uniting Families with Disabilities’ project won a head to head public phone vote on the 26th of November, hosted by ITV West country, and as a result received £50,000 of Big Lottery Funding.


Councillor Davis, Tony Potter (CEO) and Jon Cawley (Activities Manager)


Robert Lott, Calvert Trust Exmoor’s Head of Communications; “We were overwhelmed with the level of support we received from across the South West during the People’s Millions. Just over half of the money we have already used to provide bursary funds to assist South West families with a disabled child to take a break with us; the rest has built our fantastic new pontoon system, making our water sports even more accessible.”


First boat launched from the new flexible slipway


The new pontoon system offers a much larger safe platform for guests including wheelchair users to access canoeing, kayaking and sailing boats, and includes two hoists to assist wheelchair users to transfer into boats. The pontoon also includes a semi-submersible platform, another easy access feature making it easier to lateral transfer into our boats.


Easy lateral transfer


Jon Cawley, Activities Manager at Calvert Trust Exmoor; “We are very excited about the possibilities of this new pontoon system, it is so flexible and will allow so many more people to access our water sports activities.  As well as saying a big ‘thank you’ to The Big Lottery and to all of the people who voted for us to be awarded the money, we would particularly like to thank both VersaDock and South Western Aid, who have worked with us to create a fantastic, flexible pontoon system that will allow us to offer even more superb experiences to guests with all types of disability.”


pontoon in use

Photography by Rob Lott of Calvert Trust Exmoor and @RobLottPhoto

images © Calvert Trust Exmoor


The Peoples Millions is a grant programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the winners being decided by public vote. You can see our winning film (produced by ITV Westcountry and used with their kind permission) below, and find out more on our People's Millions page.





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