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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|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, barbeques 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.
|Pubs and Clubs
David Vann, President of The Falcon Bowling Club in Chelmsford has been supporting the Trust since last September when he nominated us as the Club’s Charity of the Year. So far the Club’s donated an amazing £612.37 – a significant amount of this from the Trust’s Collection Tins. We’re so grateful to David and all the Falcon Bowling Club members. If you’d like to get involved in this new initiative, by putting a tin in your pub or club please contact Carol for more details on 02392 832055.
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@example.com.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.
|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 Freeman or call her on 02392 832055.
|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!
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sponsored Cycle RideFollowing 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.|
|Pubs and ClubsLandlady 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@example.com.|
|Company Match FundingSupporters, 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.
|“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 1A 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!|
|Atlantic SplashThe 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 MemoryDavid 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 ThorneRoy 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 MillerRemembering 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 ChallengeKenneth 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.|
|Sky DiveOn 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.|
|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.|
|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 ChallengeVolunteer 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|
|Mini MarathonSaul 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|
|In MemoryAndrew 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!|
|Someone SpecialJohn 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|
|Personal ChallengeTim 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|
|Organised EventFollowing 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|
|Happy 80th Birthday!Judy Smith, a longstanding supporter of the Trust, has recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Instead of presents, Judy asked her family and friends to make donations to the Trust – raising over £200! Brilliant!Well done Judy!|