VIDEO: Sail training charity launches Christmas Challenge fundraiser with celebrity Dan Snow

The UK’s largest youth development sail training charity aims to raise more than £21,000 in just one week — to provide 25 young people with a life-changing ‘Vitamin-Sea’ voyage.

Tall Ships Youth Trust is taking part in The Big Give match-funding Christmas Challenge, which runs between now and midday 7 December.

The charity is launching its campaign with a celebrity video appeal from historian and TV presenter, Dan Snow. In the late nineties he sailed with the trust on board its Schooner, The Sir Malcolm Miller and says it changed his life and that Tall Ships Youth Trust is one of the best charities in the world.

Dan Snow said: “In partnership with The Childhood Trust, we are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge. Every time you donate £1 it will be match-funded (doubled) up to £10,550.

“This will give young people the chance to turn their lives around on one of our ‘Vitamin-Sea’ voyages. It is brilliant. It is a great charity, it is a great opportunity. So, please give as little as £1. It will be doubled.”

Supporters can make donations using this direct link on Tall Ships Youth Trust’s website.

Donations raised during the week will be generously matched by pledges made by individuals and organisations, which includes Big Give Champion, The Childhood Trust, meaning that the charity has the potential to raise £21,100 in total. This would enable Tall Ships Youth Trust to provide 25 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a five-day voyage.

The charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Alastair Floyd, said: “Our voyages have a reputation for equipping young people with the tools and self-esteem to realise their true potential and restore their wellbeing.

“With our supporters’ generous donations, we aim to reach our doubled target of £21,100 in just seven days and change the lives of 25 young people at sea. Please support our Christmas Challenge.

“Remember for just seven days, it is one donation, twice the impact! Thank you.”

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