Gracewell of Weymouth residents joined by dolphins on boat trip
Residents at Gracewell of Weymouth were left speechless after spotting dolphins whilst on a boat trip towards Lulworth Cove.
They were enjoying a day out on the M.V. Freedom – a boat that has been adapted so people with disabilities can experience a trip to sea. The boat, crewed by trained volunteers, can carry 12 passengers, including four wheelchair spaces.
Whilst sailing across Weymouth Bay, they were fortunate enough to see a family of three dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Those on the boat trip were delighted, with resident John saying, ‘it was absolutely marvellous, the day was so special and then to be able to see dolphins. They were jumping out of the water, at one point I thought they were going to join us on the boat’.
Rachael Craig, Head of Activities at Gracewell of Weymouth, said:
“We love taking our residents out and about on trips as part of our activities programme and this will certainly go down as one to remember.
“We plan our activities and days out so that our residents are still able to have new experiences, so it was the icing on the cake to have a family of dolphins come along for the boat ride.”
Esther Sheppard, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Weymouth, said:
“You can travel all over the world to see these beautiful creatures and we got to see them in Weymouth Bay!
“When a resident comes to live at Gracewell of Weymouth it’s important that they know they can still experience new things and enjoy the things – like having a day out – that they’ve been doing their whole lives.”