Tall Ships Youth Trust new flagship appeal
The Tall Ships Youth Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds for a new flagship to help the next generation learn valuable life skills.
The charity hopes to raise £5m for a new 24-berth schooner-type vessel which it will use to give disabled and disadvantaged young people physically and mentally challenging sail training adventures.
Benefiting from the charity is Josh who was 16 when he first set sail with the trust. “Honestly, I don’t think I’d be around anymore without my initial voyage,” he said. “Tall Ships was the spark needed to ignite my trail of fortunate events in life.”
Five million pounds will enable the charity to buy a vessel on the open market, re-engineer the internal layout to take groups of young people and buy the equipment needed to ensure she meets Maritime and Coastguard Agency standards.
All donations are welcome with £20 allowing the purchase of a safety harness and £1000 providing a full medical kit. Commercial sponsorship opportunities include naming the ship or a voyage, sponsoring a berth and having the company logo worn by staff, supporters and voyagers together with a mention on the charity’s website.
Former director of BAE Systems, Sir Richard Olver, is giving his backing to the charity’s latest endeavour. “I want as many young people as possible to have an opportunity to sail with us, particularly those who have had a tough start in life,” he said. “In a world that can exclude young people, sailing as part of a Tall Ships Crew makes for an inclusive and truly empowering few days."
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