Support & Donate
You can provide a monthly donation to help support the valuable work we do with young people, any donation you make will have massive impact and we can't thank you enough.
Morvargh Sailing Project has been operating since 2010 and is a family run Community Interest Company. In that time, we have taken many young people to sea and given them, not only the experience of a lifetime but also supported them to gain a greater insight into themselves and build their self-confidence, motivation, communication skills, and self-reliance. From our original aims we continue to evolve into a unique organisation that develops a young person’s self-confidence through teamwork and friendship.
We are entirely self-funded and the Directors work in other jobs to support the Project financially. This puts a real strain on the organisation as we're not able to dedicate as much time as we'd like to organise voyages, undertaking refit tasks, and filling places aboard. Occasionally we receive donations which will make a massive difference enabling us to keep taking deserving young people to sea and to ensure that our yacht, Helen Mary R is maintained to the high standards required. There are several ways in which you can help.
Once again, we are back into another lockdown, this one more important than the last as daily cases surpass 50K. COVID-19 is a threat that we must all work hard to eradicate by doing our bit to stay indoors.
This extended lockdown once again creates a threat to the many different charities and social enterprises that provide sail training and the amazing outcomes it produces. Clearly bringing different groups of young people together, from different households for residential sailing voyages cannot operate safely in a COVID-19 world.
Even before coronavirus, we were acutely aware of the challenges faced by young people. High levels of mental health issues, anxiety, a fast-changing landscape of technology causing isolation, pressures to perform in exams and more. This Guardian Article confirms that things will be worse because of the current crisis. We are already hearing from parents whose children are struggling to cope with the various lockdowns and tiers.
Young people who might have sailed with us will have been cooped up for weeks, separated from friends, worried about school and exams, and will be heading for the start of adult life amidst extraordinary economic uncertainty and insecurity. Our own ASPIRE360 Round Britain Challenge is looking once again very likely to have to be postponed. Not to mention all the other plans we had for the year ahead.
To deliver our valuable and life changing sail training voyages, we need to be able to offer voyages again as soon as it is safe to do so. This means that we must navigate our way through a period during which we have had no income whatsoever.
Keeping a sail training vessel running is a massive financial commitment; mooring fees, servicing safety kit, paying for insurance, to keeping systems operating aboard. We spend in the region of £10k a year on Helen Mary R’s annual refit & coding; from anti-foul, to paint brushes, anodes to sail repairs it all adds up.
With your help, this fund will enable us to ensure that we are ready to start sailing as soon as we are permitted.
Matt & Vicky Barraud
Morvargh Sailing Project CIC
Other ways you can support us
You can currently make donations by cheque or via our GoFundMe fundraiser.
Please make cheques payable to Morvargh Sailing Project CIC and post to our registered address; 28 Balmoral Avenue, Plymouth, PL2 1HP.Donate to our bursary
You can support our drive to carry on working with young people; many of who suffer from deprivation, hardships or disabilites with a legacy gift in your will.
Legacy gifts can reduce the rate of inheritance tax your family may need to pay. Your Solicitor will be able to talk through the options that are right for you and your circumstances.