To establish a permanent base for our fantastic surf life saving club by converting twelve unused chalets on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives into our very own clubhouse. Our club is vital to provide life savers of the future to act as guardians of the surf for locals and holidaymakers alike in our small coastal community - and across the globe!
About the project
Established in 1958, St Ives Surf Life Saving Club (Charity no. 1068397) is an integral part of our local community, enabling local children to develop water and surf safety skills. Using fun activities young people develop confidence and competence, both in and out of the water. And it's not just children - people of all ages join in too.
We all love to surf, swim, run and have fun
We now have a unique opportunity to establish a permanent base by converting twelve unused chalets on Porthmeor Beach into our very own clubhouse.
We plan to extend and renovate these chalets to create a clubhouse incorporating changing areas and a store for lifesaving equipment. The club currently has no facilities and members change on the beach whatever the weather! And we've several hundred of them. A clubhouse will not only give the surf life savers of St Ives a permanent base it will also provide a great asset for St Ives as a community and tourist destination, where safety in the water is paramount to locals and visitors alike.
Our plans are to convert the existing chalets so they look like this:
Whilst we need well over £100,000 for this project, the proceeds from this crowdfunder plus what we already have will enable us to make a great start and will set us in great stead to obtain grant funding for the remainder.
What's in it for you to join our crowd?
Well - as well as supporting a great cause, you can bag yourself some amazing rewards when you pledge to support our project. There are lots of options for you and more are being added all the time. If you can't see anything you want, please get in touch and we'll see what we can do for you.
From the club itself, our rewards range from a wristband, a window sticker, a water bottle and a funky T-shirt for both children and adults (below) to some fabulous training sessions with our coaches. Fancy a big group session for a corporate teambuilding event or a private party? Or just join in a session as individuals. For these events, we're also providing a goodie bag and the team event includes a stay in St Ives cool, contemporary Cohort Hostel with pizzas provided by St Ives Pizza Company.
From our backers, we have a range of rewards including a beauty day, golf sessions, meals out (and in!) and holidays. Examples are outined below.
Enjoy a range of treats from St Ives' Tregenna Castle Hotel, set within its own 72 acre estate overlooking the town and coastline:
Experience a stay in cool contemporary accomodation in the Grade ii listed building that is now the Cohort Hostel, formerly the Wesleyan Chapel and Schoolrooms, either individually or as part of our big group surf life saving offer:
Enjoy a self catering 3 night break in one of Carbis Bay Holidays' 4 or 5 star luxury properties:
The stunning St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa have also offered some treats:
And individuals have provided rewards too - including a lovely apartment in Crab Rock overlooking the harbour:
Or Beachcroft boutique B&B in Carbis Bay with commanding views across St Ives Bay:
Whilst in self catering accommodation, why not enjoy a meal at Chy an Albany's Lighthouse Bistro, or pizzas delivered to your holiday home or the beach by the St Ives Pizza Company:
Or learn to surf with the highly regarded St Ives Surf School on our very own Porthmeor Beach. Why not combine this with one of the stays available too?
Or you can get your haircut by the fabulous Locks and Lashes.
For example, Royal Photographic Society Photographer Sarah Frost can be commissioned to capture your favourite place, flower or beach. An exanple of Sarah's work is June, Porthgwidden:
Or you can get a signed, limited edition fine art print of an abstracted view of Porthmeor Beach, St Ives that we see at training - as viewed by Shelley Thornton of Artlantic:
Mel Uys of Uys Gallery here in St Ives has a couple of copies of her gorgeous fine art print, Mother & Child, available too:
Jacob Elwood has given a copy of his stunning photograph Star Trail:
Just one caveat, where you are pledging on rewards that require posting outside the UK, we reserve the right to charge for the extra postage especially on lower value items. Sorry!
A massive thanks to all our backers! Without their support we couldn't pull this off.
The club has received some awesome support from local businesses and individuals over the years. Whether they have supported our annual Biathlon, our other fundraising events, this campaign, or in so many cases all of these, we are extremely grateful. The local community has really pulled together reflecting the importance of the club to the community - and it to us.
Our backers in our clubjouse project include: