If you would like to support our charities in any way please contact us. We are also looking into how we can help customers who would like to donate a boat to charity. This is likely to be a special service with additional assistance to allow people to donate boats easily, even if they know little about them. Our intention is that this can be to one of our chosen charities or another registered within the UK. If this may be of interest please contact us for further information.
As Duncan Lougee, based at our main Suffolk office, is already a volunteer Blood Runner for SERV SC it was an obvious choice for our Suffolk area to pick this charity to support.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire (SERV SC) are a locally based charity providing an essential service to five local NHS hospitals. They also make daily deliveries to the MAGPAS Air Ambulance based at Wyton and East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport. Although known as blood runners, they transport various blood products, patient samples and also donated breast milk. See below for some impressive stats on their work so far:
Their main costs include insurance and maintenance for their charity vehicles, paying for communications between hospitals and SERV, and supplying their volunteers with safety equipment. The volunteer riders receive no recompense for their time or expenses and SERV SC has no paid staff.
Clarke & Carter will be making a donation to SERV SC for every boat sold by our Suffolk offices in 2020, together with other fundraising activities. If you feel you would also like to help by donating to this vital cause, please contact Duncan Lougee.
Established in 1983, The Cirdan Sailing Trust to date has helped around 33,000 young people from across the UK. They mainly work with groups of young people who suffer from disadvantages related to social deprivation, exclusion, have learning difficulties or just find school life challenging and need added direction. They provide them with self-development, integration and learning opportunities through the challenge of life at sea. To allow this, they have a fleet of large sail training vessels, Queen Galadriel, Faramir and Duet. Operating throughout the UK, they are based on the East coast in Bradwell Marina, Essex. We are sure many of you will have seen one of their beautiful fleet on your travels!
A Cirdan Trust voyage is about far more than just sailing. The unique opportunity of being at sea, within the confines of a boat, creates an atmosphere and environment that will help to build the traits and characteristics essential for young people to thrive in today’s society. Sailing for up to a week at a time with their youth leaders and the Trust’s professional crew, they are involved in all aspects of running and sailing the vessel, above and below deck, with many beneficial aspects:
Unfortunately very few of the organisations and young people who benefit from the experiences offered by Cirdan are able to cover the full costs involved. They rely on support from the Trust’s Voyage of Discovery Fund scheme to supplement their own limited financial resources. This fund ensures the experience can be made available to the disadvantaged young people who need it most. Cirdan, in turn, relies on the generous support of benefactors throughout Britain for the successful operation of the scheme.
Clarke & Carter will be making a donation for every boat sold by the Essex office in 20120 together with money raised by other fundraising activities. If you feel you would also like to help by promoting or donating to this worthy cause, please get in touch with Aaron French.