RW Bro Michael Wilks. Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight privilege recently handed over a donation for £22,000, to the Tall Ships Youth Trust Formerly The Sail Training Association on behalf of the Masonic Charity Foundation.
The Tall Ships Youth Trust is a registered charity founded in 1956, and are the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity, dedicated to the personal development of young people age 12 to 25, through the crewing of ocean-going sail training vessels. Over 100,000 trainees have sailed 1.8 million nautical miles on our fleet over the last 60 years.
As a youth charity, they provide bursaries and funding to help young people get on board and realise their full potential. All of the vessels are operated to the same high standards eg the same safeguarding and child protection policy, code of conduct, drug and alcohol policy; the same rigorous recruitment and screening of prospective volunteers.
Sailing as part of a Tall Ships crew makes for a participative and empowering experience and our fleet provides a unique, physically and mentally challenging residential setting in which young people can explore their true potential.