Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, which costs more than £80,000 a year to run, has enhanced the lives of thousands of children and volunteers, giving them a skill for life that engenders confidence.
This year the charity is working with 18 schools around the Helford, from The Lizard to Falmouth, as well as two special needs schools, completely free of charge so nobody is excluded.
All programmes follow the RYA curriculum and work towards a recognised qualification.
On Friday Falmouth Harbour Commissioner Rob Yates presented the cheque for £1,000 to Martin Barlow, co-ordinator for Mawnan C of E School and Alison Collins, principal of the Trust.
Principal Alison Collins said: “As a training organisation we are committed to changing the lives of young people through learning to sail and row single-handed and gaining maritime experience through a challenging watersport.
“During 2011 we served and trained more than 470 participants on the water each week. As with many small charities, one of our greatest challenges is finding funding to ensure that we make no direct charge to individuals – thereby ensuring we adhere to our ethos of ‘sailing for all’.
“This generous donation from Falmouth Harbour Commissioners will make a tremendous difference to us and will go towards paying for an amazing floating pontoon. Everyone at HRCST would like to extend our thanks to the Commissioners for their support.”
Falmouth Harbour Commissioner Rob Yates said: “Over the years I have watched in total awe at what the Trust does for such a variety of children from the local area. It is wonderful to see them grow in confidence and become competent young sailors.
“Sailing is a huge part of life around Falmouth and the Helford River. We are proud to be able to support such a worthwhile local charity and help to enrich the lives of so many children.”
For more information visit www.hrcst.org.uk
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