Kids sail towards confidence as club partners with Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Children with congenital hand differences and other upper limb problems are being inspired to build their confidence and independence on the water thanks to a new initiative between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Midland Sailing Club.

Fourteen children, including patients and siblings, got afloat and enjoyed an introduction to sailing at Edgbaston Reservoir last month. This was the first ‘taster’ session as part of the fledging partnership to support more people living with a range of different conditions in capitalising on the benefits of sailing in their rehabilitation and recovery.

The youngsters went out in specially-adapted boats and had such a fantastic time many of them are already geared up to return to take part in more sessions at the club. The children with congenital hand differences and other musculoskeletal problems are all under the care of Dr. Andrea Jester, Clinical Lead for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Hand and Upper Limb Service.

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