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The Schools Programme is funded mainly through the generosity of private individuals. But charities and businesses play an important part too. Meet the organisations supporting us in 2023.

Thank you, RYA Foundation

We’re very grateful to the RYA Foundation for their generous contribution to the Schools Programme this year. David Murray told us: “The Trustees of the RYA Foundation are very happy to support RYST’s Schools Programme in 2023. We want to help everyone who is disadvantaged by disability, financial hardship or social circumstances to experience the joy of sailing and the difference it can make to their life. RYST’s programme goes to the heart of this remit and we wish it every success.”

Thank you, Trinity House

Trinity House continues to be a stalwart supporter of RYST. David Southwood explains: “To date Trinity House has given three grants to Roseland Youth Sailing Trust because one of the objectives of our Maritime Charity is to assist schools, or other institutions, in providing education of young people in all matters pertaining to navigation and seamanship. It is hoped that this will support local groups and organisations to access maritime education to learn about the sea and safety in marine based activities. We believe RYST enables ALL youngsters, no matter what background, to experience on/in water activities. This makes a wonderful opportunity for Trinity House to support this endeavour. We hope that some of the trainees will go on to a career at sea.”

Thank you, Josh Whitaker and The Dragon School, Oxford

Huge thanks and respect to St Mawes sailor Josh Whitaker, aged 12, whose presentation about the work of RYST to a charity committee at Dragon School, Oxford earlier this year resulted in a £1000 donation from their charitable trust. The funds are raised by children’s and adults’ stalls at the Christmas Charity Sale in which Josh has taken part in the last three years.

Thank you, Rodda’s

We’re grateful as ever this year to Rodda’s for their donations, both financial and creamy. Their charity committee tells us: “Each year the Rodda’s Good Deeds Team donate hundreds of pots of Cornish clotted cream to local charities, helping raise money and make cream tea celebrations truly delicious. It’s wonderful that the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust events have contributed to this and it’s a great example of community fundraising efforts.”

Thank you, CAD Architects

CAD Architects were one of the sponsors of the first Tall Ship Maybe voyage in 2021. This year, they’re supporting our Schools Programme. Gareth Ellis says: “We take great pride in sponsoring Roseland Youth Sailing Trust, which is a remarkable charity that empowers children and teenagers by providing them with the chance to learn the art of sailing. Having trained many young people within our office we can completely see the benefit of individuals learning essential life skills, gaining new experiences and building self-confidence, which the Schools Sailing Programme achieves. Supporting Roseland Youth Sailing Trust offers us the opportunity to help foster a brighter future for children by encouraging their personal growth through the transformative power of sailing.”

Thank you, Cornish Lithium

Cornish Lithium is an innovative mineral exploration and development company providing the raw materials for the Green Industrial Revolution. They’re very generously funding lessons for an entire class at St Dennis Primary Academy this year. Employees George and Neil turned up at Polkerris Beach one day in June to observe and actually went out sailing with the children. They said it was even better than they’d expected. Neil came back to Polkerris at the weekend with his family to take part in an event and went kayaking with his daughter. We really appreciate your active involvement, as well as your generous support, so huge thanks.

St Dennis schoolchildren at Polkerris

Thank you, Cornwall Community Foundation

Cornwall Community Foundation is one of our most constant supporters and we are grateful to them for funding initiatives which we wouldn’t otherwise be able to undertake, such as our 1:1 sailing project during the pandemic and sailing for new schools wanting to join the programme.

Poltair School in St Austell is extremely enthusiastic about teaching their children to sail and the Foundation’s Amaranth Fund is making it happen: weekly lessons for 12 children at Polkerris for 18 weeks, plus an Activity Day for 40 youngsters to include SUP’ing, kayaking and sailing to encourage them onto the water.

The children pictured had never been out on the water before. They had a go at sailing, windsurfing and a trip on a RIB. All said they’d like to come back again. And all thanks to you, Cornwall Community Foundation.

Poltair School first-time windsurfers
Poltair School first-time sailors

There is no limit to the enthusiasm with which children take to the water and learn to sail. The only limit is the funding available. Because of budget restrictions we’re having to say ‘no’ to schools who want to join the programme. Happily, you can say ‘yes’ at, where you can also add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you, simply by ticking the Gift Aid box.