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Help Mepal Outdoor Centre get afloat

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Help Mepal Outdoor Centre get afloat

Help Mepal Outdoor Centre get afloat

Mepal Outdoor Centre Charitable Trust By Mepal Outdoor Centre Charitable Trust

We want to upgrade our existing, ageing fleet of Optimist sailing dinghies so we can continue to give children the opportunity to learn how to sail.

Ely Delivery stage

pledged of £13,815

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

At Mepal Outdoor Centre, we provide all types of sailing experience from short half-day taster sessions to advanced courses. We are particularly keen to introduce children to sailing as it’s a great sport that anyone of any age and ability can enjoy.

The ideal training dinghy is called an Optimist. Optimists are primarily designed for children and they can handle them single-handed without danger, fear or back-strain.

Our existing fleet of Optimists are many years old now and beginning to show the wear and tear of teaching hundreds of young people to sail.

We’d therefore like to raise sufficient funds to replace our existing boats with new ones.

What we'll deliver:

  • Buy ten new Optimist dinghies.

Why it's a great idea:

Sailing is a sport anyone can take part in. It builds self-reliance, physical strength, quick thinking and a love of the outdoors. Optimist dinghies provide an exciting way of getting afloat to experience the thrills of sailing.

Mepal Outdoor Centre offers an ideal location for sailing as it is in a sheltered position and has light winds. Our 20 acre lake within the safe boundaries of the Centre provides local children with the perfect opportunity to get closer to nature.

Without investment into new dinghies, we will have to reconsider how we teach sailing and it may be that children will have to learn to sail in groups in our larger boats rather than learning single-handed.

Our dedicated staff team have ‘patched up’ our sailing dinghies so we can get ‘just one more season’ out of them for several years but they are now at the stage where we simply can’t make do and mend anymore.

New dinghies will allow us to teach more children to sail over the coming summer and years ahead.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buy the boats and get them transported to Mepal.
  • Find someone selling Optimist dinghies at a competitive price.
  • Go to see them to check they’re exactly what we need.
  • Start teaching more children to sail.

Please help us reach our goal by pledging your financial support for this vital project.

Mepal Outdoor Centre is a valued and much-loved community resource. Over the past 30 years we’ve taught thousands of children and young people to love the great outdoors and given many of them their first experience of adventurous activities such as sailing, canoeing, climbing, archery and orienteering.

Support from the local community – from individuals, families, local businesses and organisations – is vital for securing the Centre’s long-term future and we are grateful to all those who are able to contribute.

Please help us carry on our excellent work helping people of all ages learn about and experience the fun and excitement of the great outdoors!


Location Ely

About the space

Purpose-built outdoor centre next to a 20 acre lake.


East Cambridgeshire District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £13,814

10 x Optimist dinghies - £12,490 (90%)
Other - £1,324 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

10 x Optimist dinghies
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  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £13,814

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