The Wheelyboat Trust was originally called the Handicapped Anglers Trust when it was formed in 1984 to promote and provide its newly developed Wheelyboat to fisheries to help them provide access for disabled anglers.
The Trust's Founder, Alan Faulkner, conceived the idea of the Wheelyboat after his friend, Bill Buchanan, fell from a tree and broke his back. Alan was determined that in spite of Bill's disability (the injury had left him a wheelchair user) they would continue to enjoy each other's company while fishing. Having drawn up plans for a prototype accessible boat he brought a team of people together and the first Wheelyboat built received its official launch from Prince Prince Charles and Bill Buchanan discuss the merits of the Wheelyboat at its launch. Fishmongers' Hall, 1985.Charles at Fishmongers' Hall in London. Sadly, Alan died in 2002 and Bill in July 2007 but the legacy of their endeavours goes from strength to strength.
In memory of Alan Faulkner's contribution to improving the quality of life for disabled people and his love of fishing, the Trust created the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award. This annual award goes to the game fishery that provides disabled anglers with the most outstanding service, opportunities, facilities and access.
In 2004, the name was changed to The Wheelyboat Trust to reflect the Trust's broader aims and the clear need for Wheelyboats beyond the fishing lake.
Most Wheelyboats now supplied are for multi-purpose use.
The Wheelyboat Trust relies on donations from its supporters to develop and purchase new craft. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including online. Click here to make a donation.