Canoe Foundation funds new Hoist at Calvert Trust Exmoor

A new hoist, funded by the Canoe Foundation on behalf of Calvert Trust Exmoor, has been installed at Wistlandpound Reservoir.

The Dipper Hoist, which was funded through a grant of £4,000 made by the Canoe Foundation, has been fitted on a small pontoon used by the North Devon charity. The hoist will help to ensure guests with disabilities resulting in limited or a loss of mobility can enjoy taking part in water-based activities such as canoeing alongside other adventurous experiences.

Nick Austin, Head Instructor at Calvert Trust Exmoor said: “Inclusivity is so important to us at Calvert Exmoor and we’re always looking for ways to make activities more accessible for our guests. Having this fantastic donation from the Canoe Foundation means we can invest in new adaptive equipment like this Dipper Hoist; and open up possibilities for people with a varying range of needs to experience getting out on the water.” 

He added: “Our canoeing sessions are incredibly popular, and with better equipment, we can make these hands-on experiences even more memorable for our brilliant guests, so a huge thank you to the Canoe Foundation from us all!”

David Belbin, Canoe Foundation Trustee, said “The Foundation is delighted to be able to support the fantastic activities and opportunities provided by the Calvert Trust as part of our focus on improving access to places to paddle for everyone.”

Calvert Trust Exmoor have marked this generous funding with a commemorative plaque, which has been placed near the Boat House on the side of Wistlandpound Reservoir.

To find out more about Calvert Exmoor and the fun, exciting, and challenging experiences guests can enjoy at the activity centre, please visit

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