We are always delighted to welcome back to Low Wood Bay, ex-service men and women from Catterick Garrison along with members of the North East Military Vehicle Club.
David and Doris Forster, with Jeep owner Tom Cummings
This is the fourth Help for Heroes event, organised by David Forster and his wife, Doris Ann, and hosted at the Watersports Centre at Low Wood Bay. The activities this year were bathed in spectacular sunshine, creating a real holiday atmosphere and perfect for every type of water sports activity.
It was whilst watching a documentary in 2014 about Help for Heroes that David Forster, partially disabled himself, wondered how he could get involved and help injured soldiers. David is a member of the North East Military Vehicle Club and hit on the inspirational idea of taking a fleet of their WWII Vehicles to the Lake District and inviting some of our ex-service men and women along for the ride.
Supported by his wife, Doris Ann, and members of the Military Vehicle Club, David worked tirelessly to bring several elements together in order to make it happen. Needless to say, the folks at Phoenix House Recovery Centre at Catterick Garrison were delighted with the idea. Events like these are proven to help people transition back into the community, make new friends and reduce feelings of isolation.
Once again in 2018, David managed to secure Lottery funding for an action-packed Lake District adventure. The convoy this year included WWII jeeps, DUKW amphibious vehicle, a Russian 1966 GAZ and two Stalwart off-road amphibious military vehicles.
As well as tootling about the lake in these hefty army trucks, the men and women ex-servicemen enjoyed sailing, canoeing, water skiing and paddle boarding overseen by Low Wood Bay watersports instructors. A great time was had by all!
We look forward to welcoming you back next year – and we will try to schedule the sun once again!
The Watersports Centre at Low Wood Bay is very much open for the season and there’s a real buzz on the lake. There is so much to choose from – sailing, kayaking, canoeing, motor boating, fly boarding, knee boarding, waterskiing! Pop along and talk to one of our qualified instructors or call to book a session 015394 39441.