Charities Clarke & Carter support

For many years we have supported local charities and clubs in a variety of ways. This often includes our local RNLI stations with our colleague Ian Scott dedicating his time as a senior helm at the Burnham-on-Crouch station. In addition, we have decided to choose and support a local charity in each UK area. Information on the chosen charities for 2020 is below and we will be supporting them in a number of ways throughout the year:

  • Making a donation from every brokerage and new boat sold in each area
  • Promoting their events and news on our website and social media
  • Supporting events with our staff and resources when needed
  • Holding fundraising events during the year to raise further funds

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.

SUFFOLK AREA – SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire medical delivery charity – The Bloodrunners

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:

  • Over 6500 delivery runs to date since starting in 2010
  • Over 10,000 boxes and samples delivered so far
  • Estimated to have already saved the NHS over £385,000 freeing funds for use in other vital areas
  • Volunteers operate from 7pm to 6am on weekdays, and all day and night at weekends and Bank holidays

This vitally important service is provided completely free of charge through volunteers like Duncan. As a minimum commitment, the volunteers are on call for at least two nights per month in addition to their normal fundraising activities. SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire receives no government funding, relying on costs being met by donations from members of the public, local businesses, charitable grants, and awards. 

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.

ESSEX AREA – The Cirdan Sailing Trust helping disadvantaged young people

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:

  • Learning to cook for themselves and fellow crew members whilst also keeping a tidy and hygienic ship
  • Adapting to life in a confined space and how to live in harmony with their shipmates, away from technology and distraction
  • Instruction on how to conduct themselves appropriately when ashore, helping integration into their communities when home
  • Experience in planning and navigation tasks with the possibility to gain RYA accreditation
  • A Cirdan Voyage builds confidence, self-esteem, resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork, independence and other vital skills
  • Other benefits include improved health, well-being, education and employment prospects long after the journey ends

Over the years the trust has received an enormous amount of positive feedback from leaders confirming that the benefits gained from the Cirdan experience enhance their own work with the youngsters in their care. Skills and attributes that take months to learn on dry land often develop in just a few days at sea! Often a voyage with Cirdan can change the course of a young person’s life.

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.