The day Ellen and I decided to create it.
The Trust in one word:Life-changing
Following a Round the Island race listening to the excited storytelling of the day’s adventure, hearing the laughter and smiles while all eating fish and chips – perfect.
The Trust in one word:Spirited
Sailing towards the Needles on lovely sunny day and everyone onboard in conversation about what they had been through and they all could relate to each other. The smiles at the end were awesome.
The Trust in one word:Adventure
Rob da Bank
Watching my 10-year-old son, Arlo, immediately bonding with a boatful of ‘strangers’ who turned out to be some of the most vibrant young people he had ever met. He will never forget that Round The Island Race.
The Trust in one word:Golden
During the Round the Island Race, the jib fell down and with the young people we had to rustle up the storm jib to continue to the race. It was impressive to see the young people who were timid in the boat at the beginning, owning the foredeck, solving the problem together and getting us back into the race.
The Trust in one word:Bold
Too many to single out one but arriving at the East Cowes base for the first time and seeing what we had achieved. Heart flutter moment!
The Trust in one word:Family
Listening to one of the Trust’s young people and ambassadors, Luke, chat to the Queen and Prince Philip about everything from sailing, cancer to air conditioning! Everyone had the biggest smiles on their faces.
The Trust in one word:Passionate
When we meet at the Trust’s Cowes office I always look at the group photos from the trips over the years and never cease to be amazed by how many hundreds of different people have benefited from the Trust’s work, and the immeasurable, positive effect it will have on their lives for years to come.
The Trust in one word:Priceless
Seeing the effect the Trust has on the lives of so many young people and their families – to play a small part in this incredible charity is a true privilege
The Trust in one word:Optimism
Luke was an inspiration to everyone at the Trust, a big brother to those who needed one on a trip. Having first sailed with the Trust in 2010, as part of our pilot 18-24’s trip, he returned to volunteer before becoming a Trust Ambassador in 2012.
Luke represented us at Trust events, meeting HRH The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and raising funds for us at his infamous Black and Blue Ball. Everyone at the Trust who met Luke has their favourite memory of him. Luke passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved in August 2016. He lives on in everything we do.