Here are just a few ideas to get you started...
Fun Run, Games Evening, Car Boot Sale, Dress Down Day, Quiz Night, Treasure Hunt, Car Wash, Raffle*, Lawn Cutting, Silent Auction, Collecting Tins* (*Please ring Head Office if you are planning these so we can explain the law in these areas).
...and below you'll find some examples of what our wonderful supporters have been doing to fundraise for us. If you have any questions, or you want any help or support, please ring our friendly fundraising department on 02392 832055 or email them at [email protected]
Fuelling Our Donations Thank you very much to all our supporters so far this year who’ve donated their Winter Fuel Allowance to provide more bursaries for disadvantaged and disabled young people. If you’d like to do the same with some or all of your allowance this year please contact our fundraiser Carol on 023 9283 2055 or send her an email at [email protected].
From Wandering the Hills to Sailing the Atlantic Malcolm Richardson first heard of the Trust through his grandfather and elder brother who were regulars on the Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller. After 12 years of wandering the hills as Estate Manager/Gamekeeper, Malcolm decided it was time for something different. The ARC 2016 (the largest trans-ocean sailing event in the world) seemed the perfect challenge! Not only did Malcolm gain voyage sponsorship from his employers, Tony Ward and Patrick Hungerford along with their family and friends, they’ve also made generous donations to support our work with young people. A huge thank you to Tony and Patrick and all those who have donated and good luck to Malcolm! If you’re able to raise donations for the Trust by taking a voyage please contact Carol either by email – [email protected] or by phone on 023 9283 2055.
Hugo Halkes Voyage Hugo Halkes was just 12 when he was killed crossing the road. The funds donated in Hugo’s memory by his family have just funded the second Hugo Halkes Voyage – this year for 8 young carers and young people with special needs from where Hugo lived. It’s clear from their blog they had a memorable life-changing experience from learning to winch, sail at night, preparing meals, drawing a pilotage plan and navigating the route from Poole to the Beaulieu river. Congratulations to everyone involved and a huge thank-you to Hugo’s Dad Nigel (middle back row) who welcomed the young people back and awarded the “Most Improved Crew” trophy to Shannon.
Happy 80th Birthday! Judy Smith, a longstanding supporter of the Trust, celebrated her 80th birthday 5 years ago and instead of presents, Judy asked her family and friends to make donations to the Trust – raising over £200 which was brilliant and much appreciated. Judy has continued her support for the Trust and she recently popped into the office to meet the team while she was on a 4 day coach trip in the area – it was lovely to see you Judy!
Jon Parry & The Ring of Fire
Inspired by his voyage on Stavros, Jon Parry has raised an amazing £855 for the Trust by completing the Ring of Fire - 135 miles in 3 days around Anglesey which took place from 2nd to 4th September. Jon said “there are many charities out there all doing a fantastic job - this one I thought gives hope to those who most would’ve given up on”. Whilst on board he heard from crew and volunteers how they’d seen with their own eyes young people turn their lives around. Jon’s training this year involved running over 900 miles, including a 45 mile race around Bristol and a 70 mile 24 hour race near reading. A huge thank-you to Jon!
Pubs and Clubs
David Vann, President of the Falcon Bowling Club in Chelmsford started supporting the Trust in 2015 when he nominated us as the Club’s Charity of the Year and has now completed his 2nd year. During this time the Club has donated an amazing £2,794.94 - a significant amount of this from the Trust's Collection Tins. We're so grateful to David and all the Falcon Club members. If you'd like to get involved in this initiative by putting a tin in your pub or club please contact Carol for more details on 02392 832055 or [email protected]
As the Trust celebrates its 60th year, supporter John Taylor is having his own celebrations! John’s vintage Singer 10-26 car has reached the grand old age of 90! - - you can read more about this story here. John has recently supported our Diamond Jubilee year by making a generous donation and we’d like to support his charity - The Disabled Photographers’ Society – by asking our supporters if they have any unwanted photographic equipment they’d be happy to donate to the Society. The Chairman of the Society is happy to collect – he can be contacted by email at [email protected]. Thank you John and Happy 90th Birthday to your car!
Long time supporter Jackie Olive has been so impressed in the Trust’s work with young people over many years she has generously increased her support through our Fellowship scheme to help us offer more bursaries to those in need. Jackie’s recent letter reads:
“Dear Christine Law and all TSYT Staff,I have been a supporter of the STA and more recently the Tall Ships Youth Trust for many years having had the privilege of sailing as Purser and crew on both the Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill. I have watched the charity meet the challenges of fulfilling your mission in changing and demanding times with innovation, collaboration and courage. I have been particularly impressed that you have not only been able to offer the opportunity of a Tall Ship adventure to many more young people but have broadened your remit to embrace such a high proportion of disadvantaged and disabled youngsters. Congratulations and long may your efforts be rewarded by seeing young lives enhanced and young eyes sparkle.”
Joining the Fellowship can easily be done via our Fellowship Page. Please help more young people experience a life-changing voyage If you need any help, please contact Carol on [email protected] or 023 9283 2055.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Thank you to everyone who’s joined us around the UK for one of our Diamond Jubilee Receptions. They’ve been a wonderful way to celebrate 60 glorious years of supporting young people. We’ve also received some very generous donations to our Diamond Jubilee Bursary Appeal and we’re half way to our target – raising £60,000 in our 60th year – enough for bursaries for 200 young people. Can you help us raise the rest? You can donate online at Donate Here
We’d be very grateful for anything you can spare. To continue the celebrations why not join us at the Big Bash.
Afraid of deep water and barely able to swim, Maggie Pierce challenged herself in 1997 to spend two weeks on the Sir Winston Churchill. She says the experience was terrifying but exhilarating and life-changing – “one somehow stands taller after facing one’s fears” she says. Maggie has recently joined the Fellowship to support young people to experience a life-changing voyage, like she did. Thank you very much Maggie! She is so glad she made the last minute decision to go and ever since has recognised what the experience can do and how confidence building it can be for people of any age. Joining the Fellowship can easily be done via our Fellowship Page. Please help more young people experience a life-changing voyage If you need any help, please contact Carol on [email protected] or 023 9283 2055.
A drama group, known as the Trinity Players based in Felixstowe, Suffolk put on a play once a year and a significant amount of ticket sales are donated to a nominated charity. This year the Players performed a production of ‘The Telescore’ by RC Sherriff and chose to donate proceeds to the Trust. Ian Clarke, who played the vicar, was delighted to advise us that that they would be sending us a cheque for £1,000! A huge thank you to the cast and all involved. If you’d like to help more young people experience a life-changing voyage by raising funds for the Trust please let us know. You might like to read the other supporter stories on this page to see what they have done to raise funds. If you need any help, contact Carol on [email protected] or 023 9283 2055.
Long time and generous supporter George Stevens and his fianc├®e Pat finally decided to get married last month after 12 years together. They invited guests to make donations to the Trust instead of presents. Congratulations to George and Pat and a huge thank you to their generous guests for donating over £500 to the Trust! We’re really grateful. If you’d like to help more young people experience a life-changing voyage by raising funds for the Trust please visit our Fundraising Ideas page to see what other supporters have done. If you need any help, contact Carol on [email protected]or 023 9283 2055.
Trip of a Life Time
Finn Rowlands had a difficult time at school not really receiving the help and support he needed. When Finn was 18 his father, Gary decided what Finn needed was to experience a voyage with a variety of different age groups providing him with lots of exposure to other people’s life skills and experiences – helping him forward in life. This proved to be the right decision – “living in close quarters with everyone and working as a team catapults you into a different world and by the end we were like a fine tuned machine!” Finn loved the whole experience and Gary believes he came back changed inside – “he always had the skills they just needed to be realised with an organisation like Tall Ships”. Gary was so inspired by Finn’s voyage he has made a very generous donation to help others experience being at sea and hopefully help them move forward in life and realise they too have potential – “it’s worth every penny”. If you’re inspired by Finn’s story and would like to help more young people experience a life-changing voyage please donate online via our donation page. If you need any help, contact Carol on [email protected] or 023 9283 2055.
Stamp Collection Auctioned
Long time supporter, Harold Green recently sold his stamp collection at auction raising a fantastic £133.40 – and very generously donated all the proceeds to the Trust. Harold’s support over many years stems from happy memories on the Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill. In fact it became a family affair with both his daughters also sailing on them. A huge thank-you to Harold! This is a great way to raise funds for the Trust so if you’d like to do something similar we would really appreciate it – we’d be grateful for any amount you can raise. If you need any help, contact Carol on[email protected] or 023 9283 2055.
Annual Pub Fundraiser
Supporters Philippa Stainton, Sarah Pearson and Claire Wotton started fundraising for the Trust in 2011 with “Birds on Bikes”, a 200 mile cycle ride from the Trust’s Head Office in Portsmouth to their home village of Aveton Gifford in Devon. The following year they ran a fundraising “Fun Day” at their village pub, the Fisherman’s Rest with Landlords Athenia and Mark Capewell. They did this in memory of Athenia and Mark’s young son Tomas who was a keen and passionate sailor but was sadly lost in an accident. The Fun Day is now an annual event in October run by the Landlords. This time they’ve raised an amazing £2,600 – bringing the total raised to date to a staggering £17,300! All funds are donated to the Trust for young people’s bursaries. A huge thank you to the girls, Athenia and Mark and everyone involved.
Eddie Dunhill, A Fitting Tribute
After a life-long passion for sailing, Eddie Dunhill passed away last year at the age of 90.
Because “everything the Trust stands for resonates with Dad’s life”, Eddie’s children have decided to donate sufficient funds from their share of the estate to set up the “Eddie Dunhill Fund”. Over the next 25 years, this will provide bursaries to 300 disadvantaged and disabled young people and help with the upkeep of the Trust’s fleet.
A heartfelt thank-you to the family for such a wonderful and generous donation. You can read more about Eddie’s interesting life and why the family decided to make a donation to the Trust here.
Car Boot Sale/Boat Jumble
Watch Leader Steve Marsh and his wife took a stall at the Haslar Marina Boat Jumble on Sunday 21st February 2016 with all proceeds from selling their unwanted boat items going to the Trust. They raised an amazing £1,000! This is a great way to raise funds for the Trust so if you’d like to do a car boot sale or a future boat jumble (see www.boat-jumbles.co.uk) contact Carol on [email protected] or 023 9283 2055 for more information and to get hold of some Trust promotional material signs for your car and stand.
David Ward and the ARC 2015
Volunteer Crew David Ward recently challenged himself by signing up to the ARC 2015 – a 2,700 mile race across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. David said “this will probably be the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve ever done”. Inspired by the Trust’s work with young people, David decided to raise funds to support more disadvantaged and disabled young people – and raised over £500. You can support David by putting DW47 after your surname in the donation form. A huge thank-you to David and congratulations for doing well in the ARC 2015!
Our wonderful supporters have been very inventive in raising funds for the Trust. To see how, click on the link and select a picture to read more. You’ll also see other supporters in the stories below. Can you help us too? There’s lots of ideas – from sponsored mast climbs to selling cakes, sponsored walks, car washes, raffles, collecting tins, donating birthday gifts and in memoriam. We even have our own beehive donated by one of our generous supporters! If you need any help, ring Carol on 023 9283 2055 or email her at [email protected]. We’d be very grateful for any support you can give us.
The Trust Wins Nationwide Customers’ Vote
Over 2,000 customers from the 5 Nationwide branches in Portsmouth have just voted the Tall Ships Youth Trust as their preferred charity against fierce competition from other charities. The £600 donated to the Trust by Nationwide’s Community Match Scheme will be used to provide bursaries for 3 disadvantaged/disabled young people from the local area. A huge thank you to all the Nationwide customers who voted for the Trust. Are you a Nationwide customer or does your bank or building society have a similar scheme – and would you consider helping us to nominate the Trust in your area? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Carol at [email protected] or on 023 9283 2055.
Sixth Former Receives Tall Ships Award
Supporter, David Andrew has been an active member and volunteer for the Trust since 1981, when he first went on a sail training voyage. David left King’s Ely school in 1959 and last year launched the King’s Ely Tall Ships Youth Trust Award by donating a voyage bursary. Last year’s recipient, Toby Roney (16) was the first lucky student to experience a voyage, was recommended as a Watch Leader and is now returning as a volunteer. This year’s recipient is Sixth Form student Archie Morrison Brown (16). Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone said “This is a tremendous opportunity for adventure and personal growth”. A huge thank you to David for this initiative and support! Perhaps other Trust supporters would like to consider sponsoring a student from their old school in this way. If so, please call Carol on 023 9283 2055 or email her at [email protected].
How generous of one of our supporters to think of us when buying their Christmas cards this year - we received 25% of the net proceeds of the cards they bought from Mountbatten Cards as a result of nominating the Trust at the time of purchase. A huge thank – it’s greatly appreciated as the funds will provide more young people bursaries. Perhaps you’d like to nominate the Trust when buying Christmas cards and gifts this year – the more supporters who do this, the more young people we can help. Many thanks.
Hugo Halkes Voyage
Hugo Halkes was just 12 when he was killed crossing the road. His family has just decided to make a donation in Hugo’s memory because they feel that the Trust’s work resonates with his life as he loved sailing so much. The donation is being used to set up “The Hugo Halkes Voyage” with the 8 berths being offered to disadvantaged and disabled young people who live near Hugo’s home. We’re very grateful to Hugo’s family for choosing to celebrate his life in this way. If you would like to remember a loved one in a similar way, please call Carol on 023 9283 2055 or get in touch by email.
Challengers to the rescue
Skipper of Yacht Simia, Alan Birmingham and his crew have shown their appreciation by making a generous donation to the Trust. Yacht Simia got into trouble in the Little Russell Channel towards St Peter Port, Guernsey. They were suffering engine failure in a strengthening head wind. After radioing for help, Challengers 1 and 4 responded which resulted in Challenger 1 towing Yacht Simia to safety. Alan and his crew have asked us to pass on a huge thank you to the Challenger Skippers Darren Latimer and Mike Collier and their crews for their speedy response and assistance.
Trust Training Director in the 90s and long time supporter, Steve Sparham sadly passed away earlier this year. In memory and in recognition of his love of sailing and working with young people, Steve’s wife Suzi and his aunt Mrs Mendell have made generous donations to the Trust to support Steve’s passion of helping young people from all walks of life. We offer Steve’s wife and family our condolences and sincere thanks for their support. To read more about Steve’s life visit our Memory Page
Spread the word...
Volunteer and long-time supporter Janet liked reading about our 2014/15 Highlights so much that she emailed them to everyone in her address book asking them for a £10 donation.
So far she’s raised £210 – enough to give another young person a bursary. She says “I’ve got so much out of supporting the Trust I just wanted another young person to benefit too. It took me all of 5 minutes to compose my email, include a link to the Trust’s website and send the email out.” Well done Janet! If you’d like to follow Janet’s example, you can use this link to our Highlights page or use this link to our Donations page.If you’d like more information, please call Carol on 023 9283 2055 or get in touch by email
Fond memories lead to sponsorship
Life Member, Jacqueline Ferguson explains why her first voyage with the Trust “coloured her life”. This experience together with many further voyages has inspired Jacqueline to offer sponsorship so that others can experience the same lasting encounters that she has.Jacqueline looks back – “Time passes as quickly as the wind. More than 20 years on, I remember my first trip invited back as Bosun's mate on the Sir Winston Churchill. Winds of 6 and 7 knots were a great opportunity for learning to hold on to the ropes and work as a team! This was after only one trip as a Trainee on a Tall Ships Race to La Coruna Spain, two very contrasting voyages. After surviving the storms of a routine voyage, I was invited back again including many Race Trips and latterly on the Stavros S Niarchos. All brought their own empowering life development that cannot be described, only experienced. We can read tales in fiction or fact but nothing compares to taking part.”If you’re interested in finding out about how you could sponsor a young person, please call Carol on 023 9283 2055 or get in touch by email
1 amongst the 1,584!
Amongst the fleet of 1,584 boats taking part in last Saturday’s Round the Island Race was a 37ft Bavaria called Ilios with a crew of Tall Ships supporters on board led by new Trustee Stephen Hartigan. They invited their friends and family to support them and so far have raised £1,200 - enough to provide bursaries for another 6 disadvantaged and disabled young people. Stephen summarised the race as “a great day with a brilliant cause to be raising funds for”. You can read more about their race and make a donation here. A huge thank you to Team Ilios!
It’s with great sadness that we let you know that Gwen Norman has passed away, aged 96.Gwen was introduced to the Trust’s work by her later husband David who’d been a supporter from its early days in the 1950s. When David died 15 years ago, Gwen set up a trust in his name to raise funds to support young people so they could have the same experience he’d had. She raised funds through the Upton Golf Society from various events including charity dinners, barbecues and pantomimes. To date the David Norman Fund has supported 64 young people.With Gwen’s passing, her family have set up a JustGiving page in David and Gwen’s memory – anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via this link.Condolences to Gwen’s family and a huge thank you for their ongoing support.
Many of our wonderful supporters have successfully raised funds for the Trust in a variety of different ways. To see how, click on the link and select a picture to read more at justgiving.com/tallships. You’ll also see other supporters in the stories below.Can you help us too? There’s lots of ideas - from a sponsored mast climbs to selling cakes, sponsored walks, car washes, raffles, collecting tins, donating birthday gifts and in memoriam. We even have our own beehive donated by one of our generous supporters!If you need any help, ring Carol on 023 9283 2055 or email her at [email protected].We’d be very grateful for any support you can give us
eBay for Charity
Volunteer and Supporter, Simon Hooker has been busy raising funds by selling things through eBay for Charity - the perfect way to fundraise for the Trust without even leaving your own home. A big thank you to Simon for donating this way! Please consider supporting the Trust when you’re next buying or selling on eBay. Any questions, please ring Carol on 02392 832055 or email her here
The London Marathon 2015
Volunteer Watch Leader, Jon Pooley ran for the Trust in the London Marathon on Sunday, 26 April. Jon’s sailed with the Trust for 3 years and says he particularly enjoys contributing to an environment where young people can challenge and better themselves regardless of their background. So far Jon’s raised an amazing £2,460. Can you help him reach his target? Any funds raised will be used for bursaries for disadvantaged and disabled young people. Well done Jon and a huge thank you for your dedication! Read Jon’s full story here
MX5 Owner's Club
Supporter Jeremy Hibbert has been promoting the Trust’s work with young people for the last 3 years. With our blessing he’s put the Tall Ships name and logo on his car and takes it round the UK to classic car gatherings. He took the opportunity to photograph the car alongside Stavros in Liverpool and used this for an article he’s just had published in the MX5 Owner’s Club house magazine which goes to 5,000 members. He’s also been using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word. A huge thank you to Jeremy for spreading the word. If you’d like to do the same, click here to like us on Facebook and share our page with your friends and family. And if you have some thoughts of how you can promote the Trust, contact Carol at [email protected]
The London Marathon 2015
Volunteer Watch Leader, Jon Pooley will be running for the Trust in the London Marathon this year. Jon describes himself as “young and sporty with a love of sail training”. Jon has sailed with the Trust for 3 years and says he particularly enjoys contributing to an environment where young people can challenge and better themselves regardless of their background. Any funds Jon raises will be used for bursaries for disadvantaged and disabled young people. Read Jon’s full story here
A generous supporter has recently donated some shares to the Trust. As soon as the market is buoyant, these shares will be sold and turned into bursaries for disadvantaged youngsters. A huge thank you to our supporter.As an individual, donating your shares to the Trust could be a very tax-effective way of giving, especially if you are a higher rate tax-payer as you can claim full tax relief to the market value of your shares.If you’d like to donate some of your shares to the Trust, please either email Carol at [email protected] or call her on 02392 832055.
Royal Southampton Yacht Club Member
Congratulations Janet Cloarec for raising an amazing £500 by competing in October’s Great South Run. A passionate sailor and member of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Janet heard about the Trust as the club’s Charity of the Year. She decided to support the Trust because she wanted “to end 2014 positively and benefit others”. A huge thank you to Janet, everyone who sponsored her and all the Royal Southampton Yacht Club members. If you think your club might be interested in fundraising for the Trust please contact Carol Freeman either by email at [email protected] or by phone on 023 9283 2055.
Yacht Auriga South Atlantic Expedition
Volunteer Crew, Igor Gotlibovych and 2 friends, Matt and Giulia set off in August 2014 to sail their 30ft yacht across the South Atlantic. Igor explained “volunteering for the Trust has been immensely rewarding - first and foremost because I can see the impact sailing can have on young people from all walks of life, and also because it has helped me develop personally, and inspired me to take on bigger sailing challenges”. Follow Igor and his friends’ adventure by visiting their Facebook page. We’re delighted that the friends are using this opportunity to promote the Trust and raise funds - to support them visit their fundraising page - and we wish them all the best for an enjoyable and successful voyage - we’re certainly following them
Stavros to the Rescue!
Jeff Wrinch got into trouble earlier this year off the west coast of Scotland in his yacht Moondance, a Southerly 135. There was a fuel blockage in the yacht’s engine and despite all attempts to fix it, Jeff and his crew were drifting dangerously towards the rocky shore of Jura. Unable to raise any help from the local lifeboats, a welcome sight appeared over the southern horizon – Stavros! After making contact, Stavros’s engineer came to their rescue in the ship’s rib. The young people on board the Brig were very excited to experience a real rescue at sea. Jeff wrote up his story for Yachting Monthly and this appeared in the August edition. He decided to donate the fee he received to the Trust. Well done to the Captain and Crew of Stavros and a huge thank you to Jeff for his generous donation.
King’s Ely Tall Ships Youth Award
Supporter and Old Elean, David Andrew has turned his life-long passion of sailing with the Trust as a Volunteer into supporting a student from his old school King’s Ely with a voyage bursary. The first recipient of The King’s Ely Tall Ships Youth Award is Year 11 student Toby Roney. We’re extremely grateful for this initiative and your support David and for getting it featured in the school magazine! We’d like to encourage other supporters to consider sponsoring a student from their old school in this way. If this is something you’d be interested in doing please call our administrator Carol on 023 9283 2055 or email her at [email protected]
Yacht Club’s Nominated Charity
The Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s newly appointed Commodore, Gordon Agnew has nominated the Tall Ships Youth Trust as the club’s Charity of the Year. They will be organising a number of fundraising events over the next 12 months to raise much needed funds to support disadvantaged and disabled young people on Tall Ships voyages. If this is something your sailing club would do please ring Carol on 023 9283 2055.
Lynmouth and Lynton Cliff Railway
Andrew Ireland, MD of the Lynmouth and Lynton Cliff Railway tourist attraction, will have his whole team collecting donations for the Trust this August Bank Holiday. A member of the local Youth Justice Court, Andrew comes into contact with many young people facing challenges. As a keen sailor himself, he says that getting away to sea was such a positive experience for himself as a youngster that he is passionate about the Trust's work and how it can change young peoples direction in life. If you're in North Devon this bank holiday, why not go along and support Andrew and his team?
Sponsored Cycle Ride
Following a voyage with the Trust in May, Peter Peev has been recommended as a Watch Leader and will join our Volunteer Crew Team soon. Meanwhile, Peter is raising funds for the Trust by taking part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey - a 2 day annual cycling festival in August along 100 miles of closed roads. A huge thank you to Peter and we wish him lots of luck in August. To support Peter, please visit his fundraising page
Falcon Bowling Club
The Falcon Bowling Club’s newly appointed President, David Vann has nominated the Tall Ships Youth Trust as the club’s Charity of the Year. Founded in 1908, the Chelmsford based club boasts both indoor and outdoor greens. It also has an extensive social club, hosting regular events from cribbage nights to themed suppers. Supporting the Trust’s initiative introduced earlier this year, collection boxes and promotional material will be available to all club members to encourage them to support us. A huge thank you to David Vann for nominating us. If this is something your club would do please ring Carol on 023 9283 2055.
Pubs and Clubs
Landlady Sue and her team at the Ship Anson in Portsmouth have been supporting the Trust by being the first to use our new Collection Boxes. In only a couple of weeks their collection box is overflowing and a second box has been issued! £33.72 was raised by simply displaying our box at the bar - we’re so grateful to the Ship Anson and all their customers who’ve donated to the Trust. If you’d like to get involved in this new initiative by putting a box in your pub or club please contact Carol for more details on 02392 832055 or [email protected]
Hockey Tour Supports the Trust
Adrian Woodward, Captain of the 2014 Blackheath ‘Outcasts’ Easter Hockey Tour, has selected the Trust as the Tour’s charity this year. The Trust was delighted to receive donations, subs and tour fund surpluses. Adrian has been a keen sailor for many years. He has fond memories of his 2004 Round Britain and Ireland Challenge voyage with skipper Dee Caffari (the British yachtswoman who made history by becoming the first woman to sail solo, non stop both ways around the world) and mate Marcus Cholerton-Brown (a performance yacht racer). Adrian has been keeping track of the Challengers ever since which led him to our door. Adrian hopes to renew his experience by joining one of the Trust’s Challenger voyages some day. A huge thank you to all those involved in fundraising - it’s really appreciated.
As a young girl in the early 1980s, Fiona decided to join a voyage with the Trust on the Malcolm Miller. Fiona loved adventure and she found her voyage to the South of France a great experience. Tragically, after being struck down with breast cancer in 2010, Fiona passed away but her family and friends have set up The Fiona Foundation to continue to bring Fiona’s sense of achievement, joy, colour and humour to the places and projects that in her life gave her opportunity, support, love and friendship. To remember Fiona’s link with the Trust all those years ago, the Foundation’s Trustees have decided to Sponsor a Berth with the Trust to give more young people the chance to experience a voyage as Fiona did.
Birds on Bikes
Supporters Philippa Stainton, Sarah Pearson and Claire Wotton started fundraising for the Trust in 2011 with “Birds on Bikes”, a 200 mile cycle ride from the Trust’s Head Office in Portsmouth to their home village of Aveton Gifford in Devon. The following year they ran a fundraising “Fun Day” at their village pub, the Fisherman’s Rest with Landlords Athenia and Mark Capewell. They did this in memory of Athenia and Mark’s young son Tomas who was a keen and passionate sailor. All funds raised to date - a staggering £12,200 - are donated to the Trust for young people’s bursaries. The Fun Day is now an annual event. A big thank you to the girls, Athenia and Mark and everyone involved. The 2014 Fisherman’s rest Fun Day is on Saturday 4 October – why not go and join them?
Phil Cunningham, a beekeeper and long-time supporter of the Trust has been gathering honey in Yorkshire for many years, supplying customers across the UK, including Fortnum and Mason.To raise money for bursaries for young people, Phil has generously named one of his beehives “TSYT Bees” and is kindly donating all money raised from the sale of their honey.
Company Match Funding
Supporters, Alan Cameron and Michael Morley have given a generous donation to the Trust which has been matched by their employer BT. Thank you so much guys! How about getting your company to match fund as well? List of companies with Match Funding schemes
Despite not being able to swim, Fellowship Supporter George Stevens has always loved tall ships since seeing the Port of London Clipper Regatta in 1975. With memories of many different regattas since both in UK and abroad and in particular of a day sail from Poole a few years ago. George explained why he has supported the Trust for many years and his message was clear and simple. "The Trust’s work with young people is fantastic! It provides the perfect opportunity for all ages to work together regardless of their backgrounds. The atmosphere is friendly and there’s a great sense of comradeship."
Our sincere thanks goes to George and all our generous supporters for supporting the Trust through the Fellowship. If you’d like to join them, it costs just £5 a month.
Sheila Sarner, Volunteer 2nd Cook recently raised funds for the Trust by giving as talk about her voyage experiences to the Ladies Group of the Boyne Hill Tuesday Club. Feeling extremely nervous beforehand, Sheila's passion for the Trust soon took over and her talk was a great success - so much so, she's been asked to give it again! Well done Sheila - and a big thank you from the Trust!
Supporter Mary Dennis had a brilliant idea to raise funds for the Trust and spent a sunny afternoon selling her Christmas decorations on the side of a road in her village! At the same time, supporters Mr and Mrs Draper decided to make a donation instead of sending Christmas cards following an enjoyable visit on Stavros in Barry. A huge thank you to Mary and Mr and Mrs Draper!
“Tugboat Bill” - William Smith (1942 - 2013)
Very sadly, William Smith, better known as “Tugboat Bill” has just passed away. Bill was a much loved and respected volunteer. We will all miss him very much. Bill first sailed in 1991 and then volunteered regularly until his last voyage just a few months ago. His family asked friends and colleagues to make donations in Bill’s memory. Read more about Bill on Tugboat Bill’s Memory Page.
Team Challenger 1
A team of 9 voyage crew who have completed the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 on Challenger 1 have turned turn their bruises, aching muscles and lack of sleep into raising funds for disadvantaged young people through the Trust’s Sponsor a Berth scheme. They've raised £4,500 so far. The team has put together an exciting account of their training experiences leading up to the race - click here.Well done Challenger 1
The story of five ordinary men taking on an extraordinary adventure. On December 3rd 2013, they started the challenge of a lifetime - The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Race. During the 3,000 miles from San Sebastian de La Gomera, (Canaries Islands) to Antigua, following the route once opened by Columbus, on their seven metre vessel they will face tropical storms, 30 ft waves, physical and mental exhaustion, startled sea life and 10 to 12 hours of rowing in a continuous night and day 2-hour shift pattern. They have named Tall Ships Youth Trust as one of the charities to benefit from the money raised.Click here to read more...
Annual Donation In David Ramsden’s Memory
David Ramsden’s early Naval career was just the start of his passion for all things marine. David devoted any spare time to volunteering on the Schooners. The Malcolm Miller was regarded as his regular ‘holiday home’. David’s family has decided to support a young person annually to experience a life-changing voyage in David’s memory - Read more on David's Memory Page.
In Memory of Roy Thorne
Roy Thorne first learnt to sail when he was a teenager with the scouts. He spent many holidays and spare time sailing with his wife Brenda and their 2 children Emily and Alex. In 2009 Roy and Brenda enjoyed a Challenger voyage to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and both achieved Competent Crew. Roy got his Day Skipper later that year. Since his first sailing experiences with the scouts, Roy always understood the value and importance of being part of a team, thinking of others and rising to a challenge. Roy’s daughter has set up a JustGiving page in Roy’s memory - to donate click here. Full story on Roy’s Memory Page.
Memories of Malcolm Miller
Remembering his happy time on board the Malcolm Miller and “The Incident of The Disappearing Turkey”, Ron Simmonds has decided to give a donation every month to support the Trust’s work with young people. Thank you for your generosity Ron and such a great story!To read more click here - Ron Simmonds Memories
Around Britain Challenge
Kenneth Polland has decided to raise funds for bursaries for young disadvantaged/disabled people and our Sail for Heroes project during the Trust’s thrilling ‘Round Britain Challenge’. Good Luck Kenneth! If you’d like to sponsor Kenneth click here for his fundraising page.
Antigua to the Azores
Early in 2013, Bob Footer, Volunteer Youth Mentor and Watch Leader, experienced an exciting voyage on one of the Trust’s Challengers - winds up to 53 knots, dolrado fish, minke whales and dolphins. Bob gave a talk about his experience to the Hertfordshire Kimpton Yacht Club and raised much appreciated funds for the Trust - a big thank you Bob!
Rock Goblin, a new start-up company in Devon manufacturing wooden canoes and kayaks, is donating a percentage of its sales to the Trust. It’s chosen the Trust because of its similar values in relation to young people - “all abilities and backgrounds coming together in a team to face the thrills and challenges of the sea and potential life changing events together”.
Sky Dive On 27 July 2013, supporter Stella Hammence will be attempting her first sky dive to raise funds for the Trust. Stella is supporting the Trust because it helps young people to experience sailing and a chance to see what life’s like out at sea. Good luck Stella!If you’d like to sponsor Stella please click here
In MemoryBrian McNaney’s love of the sea started on a trawler at 14. He enjoyed many voyages on Stavros and Prince William. To recognise Brian’s passion for sailing and the Trust's work his family made a collection at his funeral. We offer Brian’s family our condolences and sincere thanks for their support.To read more about Brian’s life click here
In MemoryDennis Ashby, who has had fond memories of his voyage on Sir Winston Churchill in the 1970s and a life-long passion of everything to do with boats, sadly passed away on 15 February 2013. Dennis’s family have chosen the Trust as the charity to remember Dennis and the great fun he had on his trip. They've invited donations in Dennis’s memory for young people bursaries.We offer Dennis’s family our condolences at this sad time and our sincere thanks for their support.
Beehive Named after the Trust
After raising £465 by asking friends to swap 80th birthday presents for donations to the Trust, supporter Philip Cunningham’s come up with another innovative way to raise funds.A bee keeper in South Yorkshire, Philip supplies honey to customers across the UK including introducing heather comb honey to 4 bee hives on the roof of Fortnum & Masons’ Piccadilly store.After donating honey to the Warrior Dinner auction, he’s now named one of his hives after the Trust and will be donating this year’s proceeds.
Bill Parks - Jumps for Tall Ships!
A 70th Birthday Challenge... Supporter Bill Parks took part in a Tandem Sky Dive all in the name of Tall Ships Youth Trust and raised nearly £1,000.To sponsor Bill in this amazing challenge click here
Mast Climb for Radio Presenter afraid of heights!
Nathan Spackman, presenter of Bro Radio Drivetime, took on the challenge of climbing our 200ft Tall Ships, Stavros S Niarchos Mast. The event took place at The Barry Waterfront Festival and all proceeds go towards the Trust. ''This is not just a climb for a great cause, but also a personal challenge to help face my fear of heights.'' Nathan Spackman. To see Nathan's fundraising page click here
Bill Parks - Jumps for Tall Ships!
A 70th Birthday Challenge... Supporter Bill Parks took part in a Tandem Sky Dive all in the name of Tall Ships Youth Trust and raised nearly £1,000.To sponsor Bill in this amazing challenge click here
Pounds for PoundsMum, Karen Richardson has set herself achallenge to lose weight, get fit and raisefunds for the Trust which is very close toher heart following her daughter's voyages with us.Karen will be taking part in an 8week boot camp and weight loss programme.Good Luck Karen!To see Karen's fundraising page click here
Three Peaks Challenge
Volunteer Crew Lloyd Ball is challenging himself to climb the Three Peaks in 24 hours on 16/17 June to raise bursary money for young people tosail with the Trust. Lloyd has been sailing with us since 2008 and was inspired to do this challenge because of the support he’s received fromthe Trust to achieve his own goals.Good Luck Lloyd!To see Lloyd’s fundraising page click here.
177 Mile Hike!
Simon Oliver is supporting the Trust by hiking an amazing 177 miles along the Offa’s Dyke National Trail. Simon has been inspired by the impact the Trust’s voyages have on young people.To see Simon’s fundraising page click here
Saul Pittam is supporting the Trust by running a mini marathon in Milton Keynes in support of the great work we do developing young people.To see Saul’s fundraising page click here
Mud Glorious Mud!
A Team of Stavros Volunteers - Harri Smith, John Venes, Kate Guest and Sarah Boyd - competed in the Maldon Mud Race on Sunday, 29 April to raise funds for the Trust. They'll be thigh deep in mud, racing across the River Blackwater at low tide and back again. Good Luck Team Tall Ships!To see their fundraising page click here
Andrew Kelly QC, who passed away on 3 April 2011, was a keen yachtsman and a great believer of the positive effect of sport and activity on young people. Good friends, Martin Spann and Charlie Holmes will be raising funds for the Trust in Andrew's memory by cycling from London to Venice, one year on.To see their fundraising page click here
Happy 80th Birthday!
Happy Birthday to Phil Cunningham, a longstanding supporter of the Trust, who has just celebrated his 80th birthday. Phil organised a collection bucket and asked his family and friends to make donations to the Trust instead of presents. He raised an impressive £465! Brilliant!Thank you so much Phil!
John Borlotti, a very respected volunteer and supporter of the Trust died suddenly a few months ago. John’s family decided to set up a JustGiving page to raise funds in his memory as they knew the Trust had a special meaning to him. We all miss John.To see the family's fundraising page click here
Tim Allen, Trustee and supporter of the Trust for 10 years is training to complete his first Triathlon at the age of 56! Very impressive Tim!Follow Tim's journey here
Following a voyage from the Azores to Southampton on our Brig, Mary Green is raising funds by organising a team from the voyage to do the Great River Race in London in September.A great effort Mary!You can see how it’s going on here