Donate to our young persons bursary fund

Donate to our young persons bursary fund

Please support our fundraising efforts to build a bursary scheme that disadvantaged young people can apply for, so that they can undertake life changing sailing training voyages.

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We are fundraising to build a bursary scheme that disadvantaged young people can apply for so that they can undertake life changing sailing training voyages. There is nothing in the world that packs as many life lessons in a single activity as that of sailing. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology, geography, maths and many others all in one fell swoop. Because of this, we believe every child and young person should have the opportunity to learn to sail.

When children and young people start making connections between sailing and their real lives in two or three areas, then these traits develop, start to transfer more naturally and instinctively, and become embedded in a person’s character. There is an almost universal consensus that character as well as exam results, has a significant role to play in shaping young people’s life chances, and these character ‘skills’ are much sought after by employers.

Our training ship, Helen Mary R is a natural extension to this philosophy, she requires hard physical work and cannot be sailed without teamwork, communication & resilience, both on deck and down below. Most people come to us with little or no sailing experience but nearly all find it a life changing experience!

Young people taking part in our voyages will be predominately from Cornwall and the South West, coming from a variety of different backgrounds and places like St Blazey, Fowey, Polruan, and Lostwithiel.

Whilst Cornwall and the South West is one of the most beautiful places in the country, its rural isolation and low income per capita means many families struggle to give their children the opportunities that others may take for granted. So with your help, we want to reduce the barrier to entry for such life changing voyages.

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 before they get better 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.

"I'll never stop feeling grateful for the amazing opportunity you gave my daughter, your work with young people, especially those that would not normally ever get the opportunity to experience something like this, is amazing. Life-changing stuff."
Anna, parent of a child who has sailed before.

Our young people deserve this wonderful opportunity to experience something really special, to see the UK under sail. They deserve to set out on their own adventure, to test their skills as team players, as sailors and citizens of Britain’s nautical heritage. They deserve that uniqueness of time for themselves to be excited, to relax, to feel the water beneath them and the exhilaration of the wind in the sails.

Your support will enable us to build a bursary fund that allows every young person, regardless of their personal circumstances to sail with us.

Many thanks

Matt & Vicky Barraud
Morvargh Sailing Project CIC

Other ways you can support us

Make a donation to our youth bursary

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 general fundraiser
Leave a legacy gift

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.

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