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Cash makes a splash in Sandwich

Water way to celebrate the new season at Sandwich Bay Sailing and Waterski Club.

From Press releases - 7 April 2016 12:00 AM

Water way to celebrate the new season at Sandwich Bay Sailing and Waterski Club.

The club has picked up a £250 Team Sport Award grant from UK Power Networks, the company that keeps the lights on in Kent. Lee Scrivener, an overhead electricity linesman at the company, nominated his club for the award to help improve the facilities.

It is the second year Lee has nominated his club for an award. Last year the cash was used to buy a barbecue for an annual schools event and to use at fund raising days.

Lee, who lives in Dover and works in Canterbury, said: “It’s really nice that UK Power Networks can support our club. It makes such a difference because it’s all run by volunteers.

“We host a free event each year for schools so they can come and have fun on the water. It’s so rewarding because the kids always go home happy. It’s that perfect mixture of water, barbecue, competitions and sweets which they love!”

Together with his eldest son Josh, who is 14, Lee enjoys waterskiing with the club, watched by younger son Max, eight months. He said: “It’s a great feeling to be out on the water in the fresh air, getting the kids out at the weekends. It’s very family-orientated and everyone takes part in the sports and social side of the club. We cater for children to adults in their seventies.”

Sandwich Bay provides a long, sweeping inlet of sea on the eastern coast of Kent, between Ramsgate and Deal. The club, based in Cambridge Avenue, offers sailing evenings on Wednesdays from May to September, plus social events and club nights throughout the season.

UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living in society, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities. Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff.