Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 22-08-2014

Manx support for unique therapy

by Joanne Clague

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An initiative that helps rehabilitate service personnel has been successfully launched in the Isle of Man.

Heroes on the Water IOM works in partnership with Heroes on the Water UK, which offers kayak angling as a way of helping those in the military, emergency services and civilian life who have been injured in the course of public duty.

The Isle of Man launch featured a kayak fishing competition with 35 entrants including local emergency service personnel.

Conister Bank is providing support to help raise funds for free kayak fishing courses and events for service and ex-servicemen and women in the Isle of Man. Spokesman for the local charity Tony Palmer said: 'We also plan to encourage and support visits to the Isle of Man from UK and worldwide Heroes who want to relax and enjoy new sporting and social experiences in the Isle of Man.

'Furthermore, an agreement is now in place with the Joey Dunlop Foundation to provide specialist accommodation at Braddan Bridge House free of charge – and subject to availability - for visiting Heroes participants. It goes without saying that we could not have pulled all this together without the fantastic support of Conister Bank. The seed money provided by them has enabled us to purchase all that we require in order to start raising funds from day one.'

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