“We organised our own sponsored walk during lockdown – from QE2 to Timbuktu – a couple of dozen of our regular visitors walked the equivalent of the distance from Hedge End to Mali between them.

“The boat will be used on the Hamble River, alongside our existing ‘wheelyboat’ the James Male, and our fleet of canoes and kayaks. It will enable us to continue to take children and adults with disabilities for meaningful, fun activities for many years to come.

“And it will ensure that the name of Peter Gardiner, the inspiration for the centre, will be remembered for a long time.”