Fareham yachtsman Geoff Holt gives disabled youngsters a taste of life at sea through pioneering virtual reality headset

Fareham yachtsman Geoff Holt gives disabled youngsters a taste of life at sea through pioneering virtual reality headset

Geoff Holt MBE DL, founder of the Wetwheels charity, came up with the idea to give young disabled people, particularly those who have been shielding during the coronavirus pandemic, the seafaring experience on virtual reality headsets from their home, school or care setting. During the pandemic, Geoff recognised the isolation felt by disabled young people who were unable to leave their homes, let alone get on the sea. Geoff said: ‘My lightbulb moment for this video was triggered by a conversation I had with Juno Hollyhock, CEO of Southampton’s Rose Road Association, about how many disabled people were profoundly affected by Covid isolation and needed to get out and about. ‘Juno said that Wetwheels was top of her list to take the children to as soon as the coronavirus restrictions were eased because of their desperate need to get “air in their lungs”. ‘This immediately got me thinking how I could help them and the idea of bringing the video experience directly to them came into my head.’ Geoff added: ‘There is something very special about being on the water. …
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