The Tall Ships Youth Trust has launched a new Flagship Appeal.
The event, hosted by HRH The Duke of York and supported by Duran Duran’s frontman, Simon Le Bon, will kick start a £5 million fundraiser for the purchase of a new flagship vessel.
This will enable the Trust to change the lives of thousands more young people by more than doubling the capacity they can take on the life changing voyages each year.
Richard Leaman-Grey, CEO at the Tall Ships Youth Trust, said: “There are nearly 3.7 million young people living in poverty in the UK and 800,000 who are not in education, employment or training. If we fail to fight their corner, yet another generation of disadvantaged and disabled young people will find themselves adrift, with no prospect of fulfilling their true potential in life. We play a crucial role in giving these youngsters the right support to believe in themselves, to get jobs and lead fulfilled lives. We need your support today to help us achieve this ambition. ”
On the launch of the initiative, Simon Le Bon said: “It was an easy choice for me to support a charity that helps some of the UK’s most disadvantaged youngsters experience the joy and camaraderie of what it is like to sail at sea whilst also helping them with key life skills. I hope my work with the Tall Ships Youth Trust creates the opportunity for individuals to undertake even more adventures, opening up valuable chances to learn life skills and set them on a good path in life.”
To donate, text TSYT01 £5 to 70070 (the donation will be added to your phone bill) or donate online at tallships.org.