Friends of M.V. Freedom - Providing access to the sea for people living with disability


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What is M.V. Freedom?

We are a charity called, ‘Friends of M.V. Freedom’ that has been registered since 1984. We provide an opportunity for people living with disabilities, the elderly and young people to experience a trip to sea.

M.V. Freedom is the second vessel to be operated by the charity and has been adapted to safely carry a maximum of 12 passengers including four wheelchair spaces. The boat is moored in Weymouth Harbour and is accessed by ramp opposite the council buildings. She is Skippered and Crewed by trained volunteers.

Our sole intention is to provide a very special adventure for our treasured passengers.  We sail on the stunning Jurassic Coastal waters of Dorset and provide sightseeing, fishing and picnic opportunities. Our trip destinations vary between Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Portland Harbour depending on sea conditions. In 2016 we sailed with over 1,350 happy passengers and our aim is for you to help us smash that this year.

Our regular passengers include people from residential homes, day centres and special needs schools throughout Dorset and the surrounding counties. We are also happy to carry less able holiday makers and day trippers from our community.

Our voluntary Crew and Skippers aim to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our passengers with tales of monster Mackerel and Moby Dick sightings a regular feature.

M.V. Freedom was recognised for her work with people living with disability, by being trusted with the privilege of carrying the Olympic Flame for the 2012 Paralympic sailing events held in Portland Harbour. An extremely proud moment for all of our volunteers and passengers.

The charity is completely reliant on fund raising to survive. Every penny donated is spent on the running, maintenance and promotion of M.V. Freedom. We are currently raising funds for a new boat.