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Pioneering Charity Faces Closure Unless It Can Find One Million Pounds

The Jubilee Sailing Trust has been a pioneer in disability adventure and social inclusion, faces closure unless it can find £1m by tonight.

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At a meeting on June 27th 2019, the Trustees of The Jubilee Sailing Trust resolved that they had to launch an emergency rescue fundraising effort to address their very serious financial challenges and to provide the working capital needed to continue their activities.

The 40-year-old charity has taken nearly 50,000 people to sea, many of whom have physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or faced other challenges in their lives. Although focused mainly on the UK, their mission has reached every continent and over 150 countries.

Their aim is to raise £1m by this week to safeguard the future of their work and Trustees will meet on Monday July 8th to determine the organisation’s fate.

During the organisation’s voyages - which are typically a week or longer, are crewed by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The intensity of the experience encourages profound personal growth and the different groups onboard have to work together as a team, breaking down social barriers and promoting inclusion.

The charity has a challenging business model, with two expensive ships to operate, and has been operating without any significant reserves for some time. Despite recent progress improving its financial footing, it has been hit by short-term cash flow issues brought about by the deferral of some partner projects to 2020 and unplanned engineering issues on both ships.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust, which was founded by a Grant from The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Fund in 1978, owns and operates two globally unique, purpose-built tall ships that are fully enabled for people with disabilities.

Last year they took part in Lord Dannatt's Round Britain Challenge to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Duncan Souster, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, said:

“The JST has been a world leader on inclusive adventure since its inception and has played an important role in changing the perception of people with disabilities, long before these issues were in the public eye.

"Our work is transformative and life changing for the thousands of people who sail with us. It is so important it continues for the benefit of generations to come.”

If you would like to learn more about the JST, or support their emergency appeal, then visit their website.