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Setting sail on big adventure

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

  • cash boost Paul Richards recieves a cheque for £100 from Wyn Davies, treasurer of Babell Baptist Chapel, Pontarddulais, towards his London Marathon fund. Paul is running in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and has been given a gold bond placing which means his place in the starting lineup is secure as long he can raise a minimum of £3,000.

  • South Coast Challenge The youngsters before they set sail.

  • cake sale Team Jen have raised a combined sum of over £52,000 for Maggies Swansea, Macmillan and Clic Sargent South Wales in memory of Jenny Richards, who died from cancer about 15 months ago. They recently held the second of two cake sales in the Radiotherapy Department at Singleton Hospital, which was sponsored by Smiths Lettings of Swansea Marina, Lewis Pies and Wendys Bakeries, which on this occasion raised £453 for Clic Sargent. In the photo is Kez Richards (Jenny's mum), Rob Smith and staff of Smiths lettings. The website is justgiving.jenrichards23

  • kind-hearted couple Loughor Inshore Rescue Lifeboat received a generous donation of £325 from a lovely couple, Idwal Thomas and Joan Thomas. On Boxing Day last year they celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary and asked guests at their local dance class to donate money to Loughor Inshore Rescue Lifeboat for the occasion, rather than buy them presents. The couple have also received a letter from the Queen and were featured in the South Wales Evening Post last year following their milestone achievement.

  • digging in Sea View Community Primary School in Mayhill take part in a bulb-planting day for their new field. The school finally acquired the land after many letters from staff, parents and children. The school is very proud to have the land and there are amazing plans for the field such as allotments, a sports field, meadow, strawberry hill, habitat homes etc. The bulb-planting was the start of a great plan for the field. Parents, managers from Carillion, and MP Jack Straw attended the fun day where hundreds of bulbs were planted on the bank of the field.

  • fundraising drive Pupils at Cwmtawe Community School in Pontardawe are regularly organising events to raise money for charities and good causes. As a result of a letter to the head teacher from Peter Jones, the co-ordinator of the campaign, the pupils themselves decided to donate £500 of their hard-earned money to the project. Mr Jones said: "Having met some of the pupils, I am thrilled that at their age they have such an interest in the sacrifice made by young Welsh men and women almost 100 years ago in the First World War. These young people are obviously proud to be Welsh." Handing over the cheque for £500 to Peter Jones are (from left): Head boy Adam Jagoe-Williams, head girl Ellena Jones, Peter Jones, campaign coordinator, Nathan Jenkins and Mathew Harding.

  • good job Swansea-based Hewlett Packard have successfully raised more than £500 for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer. The firm, based in the Enterprise Park, selects a main charity to support each year and hosts a series of fundraising events and activities over a 12-month period, involving as many staff as possible. Events include monthly quizzes, cake sales, sponsorship in sporting events, etc. The company's Tony Williams and some friends also completed an army challenge up Snowdonia and raised a further £2,000 for the charity. Pictured presenting the £500 cheque to Jackie Balboni of the James Whale Fund (third left) are some of the key players in Hewlett Packard's fundraising activities (from left): Adrian Cole, Colin Rees, Tony Williams, Mike Gifford, Hayley Bowen and Steve Howells.

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TEN young people from Swansea aged 16 to 25 set sail on Monday, March 18, for an adventure of a lifetime.

The five-day voyage from Portsmouth and back will probably visit the Isle of White, Weymouth, Falmouth, Plymouth and return to Portsmouth.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust, formerly the Sail Training Association, is a registered charity founded in 1956 that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean-going sail training vessels. It is the UK's oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12 to 25.

The voyage will be a unique and memorable experience for the ten young people.

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They will get involved in all aspects of sailing the yacht, including stowing and handling sails, helming, working in the galley and cleaning the heads (toilets). They will be split into watches and then work together with this group of people to sail the yacht. Through this unique sailing experience, the Trust introduces young people to life in a small maritime community, living in close proximity to others, sharing facilities, carrying out routines and learning as a team to sail the vessels and live onboard.

The voyage will provided accredited outcomes for the young people including: Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, residential section, RYA start sailing and youth university participation.

The project forms part of a pilot project being funded by the City & County Young People's Service in Partnership with Tall ships, for young people from Swansea seeking education, training or employment.

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