Specsavers at 8 Wood Street has stepped in to sponsor the club’s safety launch – which acts as a lifeboat for the rowers out on the water, spotting dangers and rescuing those in difficulty.
The boat club is currently undergoing a massive extension which will see its Club facilities double in size to cater for the growing membership and volunteer base, as well as including disabled access. The support from Specsavers will go towards the £450k needed to carry out the work, with completion expected by the end of April this year.
“The boat club is a vital part of the local community here and one that we felt strongly about supporting,” says store director Paul Griffiths. “The link with the safety launch and eye sight, as the role of the driver of the boat is to look out and spot dangers seemed, like the perfect fit, and it’s great to be involved.”
Commented Stephen Haighton, Boat Club Chairman “Ensuring the safety of our rowers is vital. The speed of response is imperative, especially in winter. It is fantastic that our local branch of Specsavers is helping us with this role. As the club is growing, we’re currently looking for more launch drivers and appealing for volunteers. We provide the training and it’s a great way to meet new friends and be part of the community. Please get in touch with the club if you’d like to find out more.”
Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club is friendly club that encourages people of all ages and abilities to row, as a high-performance sport or just for fun. Established in 1874, it’s the home of Paralympic Gold Medalist James Roe and Junior World Champion Camilla Hadland.
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