We’re crowdfunding to raise £15,000 to say thank you to our amazing NHS workers and their families.
With this campaign, we hope to raise £15,000 by Monday 31st August to offer 24 people aged 12-25, who are either NHS workers or their children, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a week’s sailing adventure on board an iconic 72ft Challenger racing yacht.
If you back this project, as well as giving a life-changing experience to a deserving young person, there are a variety of rewards ranging from £10 to £5,000 including:
- £35: A limited edition Tall Ships Youth Trust t-shirt plus your name featured on our website
- £100: A limited edition Tall Ships Youth Trust hoodie, coffee mug plus a shout out on Twitter
- And much more…
During the lockdown there have been some remarkable stories of the selfless work of the NHS, and the sacrifices and risks their families have had to take. Now, we would like you to join us in saying ‘thank you’ and giving back to those who have been caring for our home city throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our plan is to set sail with two groups of young people, who are either NHS workers or their dependents, aged 12-25, from Portsmouth. The groups will be split across two iconic Challenger yachts according to their age; 12-15 and 16-25. The voyage will set sail on Monday 5th April 2021 for four nights. The adventure will begin at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, before heading west along the south coast, possibly stopping in picturesque ports such as Lymington, Poole and Weymouth along the way. The exact route will be planned at the beginning of the week and reviewed each day depending on the weather conditions and the time available.
Under guidance from our experienced staff and volunteers, everyone will get involved with everything on board, from cooking to steering the yacht and setting the sails, and will learn the fundamental aspects of sailing. They will also have the opportunity to work towards RYA (Royal Yachting Association) qualifications.
Our youth voyages are unforgettable experiences suitable to any ability – no experience necessary. They are truly exhilarating adventures.
Once we have raised the necessary funds we will be asking for applications and nominations from staff and colleagues in the NHS, as well as the local community.
WHAT WE NEED
It costs £7,500 to operate each yacht on this voyage which includes running costs, berth fees, fuel, food and snacks for everyone on board.
With your help and with support from Crowdfund Portsmouth, we can raise £15,000 which means the voyage will be free of charge for everyone taking part and they will just need to contribute £19.95 to cover the cost of their insurance.
We know we can do it with your support!
WHAT YOUR GENEROUS DONATION MEANS TO YOU – THE REWARDS
In addition to the fantastic opportunity you are giving to young people, you could get lots of truly fantastic rewards!
If you would rather forego a reward, you can of course simply donate any amount of your choice.
ABOUT THE TALL SHIPS YOUTH TRUST
We are the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity, but becoming a sailor is not the only outcome. We are a youth development charity that helps young people redefine their horizons through adventure learning at sea.
We take young people aged 12-25 on residential youth sailing voyages on board ocean-going yachts. Out on the water, under sail, they learn lessons that set them up for life and help them realise their full potential.
To support our mission, we also run a programme of adventurous voyages for adults that directly subsidise our highly effective Youth Development Programme.
We have a vision of society where the exclusion of young people and lack of opportunities for them are things of the past. Together with our supporters, we are doing everything we can to help young people from all over the UK stand taller than ever before.
In line with government guidelines we had to cancel all our Spring voyages, but we are doing everything we can to ensure that we will operating again in August, in a safe way.
Want more information about the Tall Ships Youth Trust? Find our more about our fantastic work here.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- Please help us get the word out by making some noise about our campaign.
- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn to make sure you never miss an update.
- Use share tools and tell all your friends, colleagues, and family about the Tall Ships Youth Trust crowdfunding campaign.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
The obvious risk for each voyage is the weather, but the Challenger yachts have circumnavigated the world, and are built to cope with the worst weather. If we don’t achieve the full target, we will work to secure top up funding, if needed.