Mepal centre begins funrdraising for new dinghies

Mepal Outdoor Centre which is being refurbished in preparation for its re-opening

Mepal Outdoor Centre which is being refurbished in preparation for its re-opening - Credit: Archant

MEPAL Outdoor Centre has begun fundraising to replace its ageing fleet of sailing dinghies that are used to teach local children how to sail.

The centre, which has been closed for renovations over the winter, is expected to re-open at Easter and is gearing up for a busy summer season.

Funds are needed to replace a fleet of 10 dinghies however, and staff have appealed this week for donations.

President of the Mepal Charitable Trust, Cllr John Yates, said:

“We need to raise nearly £14,000 to achieve our dream of 10 new sailing dinghies. Mepal Outdoor Centre is a valued and much-loved community resource. Over the past 30 years we’ve taught thousands of local people to love the great outdoors.

“We’re hoping that some of those people will now be prepared to give a few pounds back to ensure the next generation of children get the same chance.”

Many East Cambridgeshire schools have already booked for either day visits or residential stays to give children a taste of the great outdoors.

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The centre will also provide training courses, taster sessions and school holiday provision.

Mepal Outdoor Centre is run by a Charitable Trust and as such has to raise all its own funds to stay afloat.

Alison Brown, from Cambridgeshire ACRE, said: “This is such a great cause and I urge everyone to get involved. Support from the local community – from individuals, families, local businesses and organisations – is vital for securing the centre’s long-term future and we are grateful to all those who are able to contribute.”

To help Mepal Outdoor Centre reach its goal, you can pledge your financial support by visiting

To find out more about Mepal Outdoor Centre, visit or call on 0300 365 1245.