National Sail Training Charity Receives Royal Approval

16 March 2011

National Sail Training Charity Receives Royal Approval
Trainees hoisting the sails

29th April 2011 will certainly be a date to remember for Ocean Youth Trust. The UK charity was personally chosen by Prince William and Catherine Middleton to receive support from their Royal Wedding Charitable Fund.

According to St James’s Palace, the couple have been touched by the goodwill shown them since announcing their engagement and so have invited anyone who may wish to give them a wedding gift, to consider instead, a donation to the Fund. As one of 26 beneficiaries, Ocean Youth Trust UK was chosen for its excellent work.

In Scotland that’s led by OYT Scotland Chief Executive Nick Fleming who said, “It’s always great to hear that someone wants to support Ocean Youth Trust and adventure under sail but it’s not every day that those supporters turn out to be Prince William and Catherine Middleton. I’m sure all the young people who sail with us, our members, volunteers and supporters will be as delighted as me and wish the couple all the best.”

OYT UK Trustee Iain Barbour added, “It is marvellous to see that the work we do, mainly led by skilled and dedicated volunteers, has been recognised in this way. We’re very proud of what they have helped young people to achieve through adventure under sail. The Fund will be a great force for good and I hope that people will log on to pledge their support.”

As a young person who first sailed with the Trust in 2009 and returned as a volunteer, Emma Harley, 18 from Falkirk, said, “Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a big part of my life now. So this is really exciting – it’s like a fairy tale.”

More information can be found on the website www.royalweddingcharityfund.org.
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