Sailing with Hollybank by Victoria Lucido
For our third day working with the wonderful people at Hollybank we were invited to participate in their tradition of visiting the Otley Sailing Club. This club was built and is run by a group of volunteers who have a passion for boating and people. Since 1993 they have been working with Hollybank Trust to give disabled adults and children the chance to experience sailing on small dinghies or a safety power boat. Despite my irrational fear or boats, which left me almost in tears at one point, today was the most rewarding day I have had working with the people from Hollybank. It was phenomenal to see the smiles on the faces of the residents and students from Hollybank and to know that even though they couldn't tell you how much fun they were having they could still show you. The joy that Matthew, Becky, and the others felt was evident and it was really great being able to give them the chance to sail. We all ate lunch together, fish and chips from a local place, and helped the volunteers from the sailing club to care for the equipment. It was wonderful to meet a group of people who were passionate about providing quality of life for everyone at Hollybank!