Workwise charity raffles boat handcrafted by Bury St Edmunds trainees

Workwise rowing boat
Workwise rowing boat
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People in Bury St Edmunds recovering from mental ill health have handcrafted a beautiful wooden rowing boat which they are raffling off to raise funds for charity.

Trainees at charity and social enterprise Papworth Trust Workwise have created an eight-foot wooden clinker redshank rowing boat.

A Paul Fisher design, it is made from Lloyds Registered marine ply and Iroko hard wood with a lacquered finish, and comes complete with oars, which have been made from pine.

Workwise is now offering people the chance to win the vessel by entering a raffle. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from the Cavern4 shop in Whiting Street, Bury, or from the Papworth Trust Workwise Centre at 17 Chamberlayne Road, Bury.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go back into Workwise to support people with mental ill health to build confidence and learn new skills.

Valerie Beresford, Workwise Enterprise Manager, said, “If you are a keen sailor or know someone who is, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance of winning our beautiful rowing boat.

“Our aim here at Papworth Trust Workwise is to support and train people with mental ill health in a genuine business environment. We make a huge difference to the lives of the people we help. Many trainees find that producing such high quality products boosts their confidence and self-esteem, and most use their new skills and qualifications to find paid employment.”

The deadline for entering the raffle is Saturday September 5, with the winner to be drawn on Monday September 7.

Working in partnership with West Suffolk College, award-winning Papworth Trust Workwise provides work-based training and specialist employment support for people with mental ill health.

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