One of the really nice things about the work I do in helping to find care is when the opportunity arises to meet inspiring people working in and around the care sector and in the last week I’ve been fortunate enough to meet three inspiring people.
Last Tuesday I was invited to attend an event on board the cruise liner Caribbean Princess at Southampton docks. The event was hosted by Paris Smith Solicitors with Geoff Holt as the guest speaker. Geoff was paralysed following a swimming accident when he was in his early twenties, but instead of this being something to stop him, he was determined to live life to the full and has gone on to sail around Great Britain and then went on to sail unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean too.
Whilst talking about his exploits to others, it became clear to Geoff there were a lot of people like him who would like the experience of sailing but were unable to as they were confined to a wheelchair. After carrying out research it was clear nothing was available to support disabled people wanting the full sailing experience.
Determined to find a solution and not taking ‘no’ for an answer he decided to invest in building a boat himself and so the idea of Wet Wheels was born and went on to make its debut at the 2011 PSP Southampton Boat Show and more recently was the official press boat in the America’s cup held in Portsmouth this week.
On Saturday, the team at Clarity were invited to attend an event at Port Solent Yacht Club hosted by Cavendish Health Care and their sister company Mobility at Sea who we have worked with for both aids and adaptations around the home and for providing assistance with cruise holidays for some of our clients. The event had been organised by the owners as an opportunity to say thank you for all the work their hard working staff of both companies in Waterlooville and their mobility shop in Torquay have done. It was wonderful to hear about how the companies had grown and evolved and for the owners to be able to give a heartfelt thank you to their loyal staff.
At the event I got chatting with the other people on our table and it turns out we were sitting with the team from The Able Label. This is a new company, formed by Katie Ellis who came up with the idea of designing fashionable clothes that are easy to put on for people with disabilities and mobility issues. It was great to have the opportunity to talk with Katie and her family and hear how somebody in their mid-twenties had come up with an idea and decided to take the plunge and turn it into a business and I wish her every success. I’m sure many of our clients would be interested in knowing more.
If you would like to know more about these inspiring people, please click on the link to their websites.
If you are struggling with where to start when searching for care, please contact Lynn Osborne or the Clarity Care Consulting team for help and advice.