Please see the stories below as we progress our COVID Recovery Appeal.

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The Jubilee Auction!

Going, going…gone!

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our exclusive Jubilee Auction!

Running from Monday 13th until Thursday 30th June, bidders can secure a number of interesting and exciting lots.

From past and present memorabilia to cottage holiday stays, there’s something for everyone.

All proceeds will go to our Covid Recovery Campaign to help #SavetheJST.

To see the full list of items that you are able to bid on, as well as all the information you need to get you started click here!

Happy bidding!

14/06/2022

Heartfelt thanks for your magnificent support, you’ve done it!

Your amazing generosity has taken us over our £500k target and set us on the way to raising the next £700k by the end of September 2022.

Your support has enabled us to pay our devoted Ship’s crew and shore-based staff who worked without salary to help get the JST through its urgent cash flow crisis and ensure that our wonderful tall ship SV Tenacious continued with her 2022 voyage sailing programme.

Tenacious has just completed a fantastic voyage to Jersey to connect with our great long-standing friends in the Jersey branch and the wider community. Currently, we are sailing on our Portsmouth-to-Portsmouth voyage and experiencing glorious sunshine along the South Coast.

Apart from donating vital cash, financial pledges and gifts in kind, you have also contributed in so many other ways.

Over one thousand people who donated are new supporters of our mission, while existing donors have given generously and persuaded their friends and family to support our cause.

You have also voiced your thoughts with a wide range of suggested changes we could make to ensure we move forward toward a sustainable future.

Reaching this huge milestone is truly wonderful, however we cannot lose sight of the overall picture.

We launched the Covid Recovery Campaign last month in order to raise funds to prevent us ceasing operations ending a forty-four-year history. We did so because JST has been deeply affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

JST has battled hard through the last two years but, as a specialist charity providing life-changing tall ship experiences for people with mixed abilities, the harsh and negative impact of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis has seen an increase in costs and a decrease in income which reached a critical point.

Despite great effort, we have been unable to secure financial support through the Government Covid Recovery Loan scheme and other institutional sources.

To deliver our mission, we rely entirely on fundraising and subsidised berths for voyages to fund our operations. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have had very limited opportunities to sail, only recently restarting our hugely popular voyage programme.

However, our trustees, crew, staff and supporters remain united in fighting to save the JST.

JST Chair Charles Humpleby, who also acts as Chair of the Jersey branch said:

“The trustees and I wish to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

“We are committed to supporting the executive, shore-based staff and crew of Tenacious and of course our supporters.

“We will push on to maintain the current momentum to keep raising emergency cash. We are now at over £520k with a number of pending applications to trusts and foundations to the tune of £65k.

“Furthermore, we are in discussions with a number of larger institutions to take us forward to the £1.2m mark. That being said, we continue to seek support from our Watchkeepers, volunteer Branches, and our supporters to continue to donate and seek out new funding ideas.

Charles continued: “We are positive in our continued discussions regarding the sale of Lord Nelson. We are delivering our hugely popular voyage programme and we are looking for opportunities to charter Tenacious with the right partner at an appropriate time to fit in with this.

“We will simplify the charity’s two-company organisational structure and support a working group to evaluate whether it is a viable idea to enable crowdfunding to buy into Tenacious, and as such be involved in the ownership and running of the business that supports her. We are particularly keen to get your ideas and input on this.

“Above all we must change, develop and future proof our business model to be sustainable where we only commit to activities when we have the money and are confident the money will be forthcoming. We have ambitions to create an endowment fund and a share giving scheme that will enable us to establish reserves.

“Finally, thank you for all the support you have given this most worthy charity that will continue to give people of mixed abilities and circumstances the freedom to explore their ability, potential and place in the world through inclusive adventures at sea on SV Tenacious – the only tall ship in the world designed and built by disabled and non-disabled volunteers to accommodate such needs.”

6/5/2022

Why #SaveTheJST?

…we help you to reach new heights!

We are delighted to share that our total donations now stands at £484,995 (97%).

Thank you so much!

If you would like to donate, please visit click here

28/4/2022

DONATION UPDATE: £475,016 (95%)

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. With your incredible help and support we have managed to raise 95% of our first target of £500,000.
This is a huge achievement which couldn’t have been done without all of your generosity.

However – we must keep going!

Our online giving platform will remain open as we seek to raise the remaining funds, a total of £1.2 million by the end of September.
This last push will help ensure the voyages can continue and we can carry on transforming lives at sea.

To donate, please click above or here

#SaveTheJST

26/4/2022

The trustees of the Jubilee Sailing Trust wish to extend their sincere thanks to everyone for the fantastic fundraising commitment to help us raise £425K so far toward our target of £500K. This is a huge and successful result supported by more than 2000 separate donations.

We said at the outset that all donations received would be ring fenced until the £500k target has been reached.

With donations continuing to arrive and the target clearly achievable, the trustees wish to seek your support for us to both continue with our fundraising campaign to £500k and onward to £1.2m and to use some of the funds raised to meet urgent and immediate financial commitments.

These are payment of unpaid wages and support for Tenacious to deliver its planned voyage due to start on April 22. These aims formed part of the original purposes of the Covid Recovery Campaign.

Donations apart, the campaign has generated a desire for some of the supporters of the charity to forgive their historic loans totalling nearly £500k and generous suppliers to forgive invoices.

Supporters will also be aware that our tall ship Lord Nelson, is currently up for sale. We have now received a letter of intent for her purchase.

The trustees also continue to work closely with our advisers, Grant Thornton, Hill Dickinson and Nat West.

Due to the urgency of this request we would ask anyone wishing to have the donation returned to contact us immediately at: covidrecoverycampaign@jst.org.uk

Do please continue to support our campaign by donating here: https://jst.org.uk/crc-donation

Do also share this BBC Travel Show video which vividly shows the work we do with your friends and networks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KXo27KcrrI

19/4/2022

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) has extended the deadline for its Covid Recovery Campaign to seek to raise the remaining donations required to reach its £500,000 target.

Donations continue to come in almost every minute and our supporters have requested more time to ensure that the campaign reaches its first target and then its second target of £1.2m by the end of September.

Thanks to extraordinary generosity from more than 1200 people and trusts and donations so far, the charity was at an overall figure of £346k raised at at 6pm. This represents 69% of the total target.

All the online giving platforms will remain open and staff will be back after the Easter weekend.

The charity, which provides inclusive adventures onboard its tall ship, SV Tenacious, has been deeply affected by the pandemic, leaving the future of the charity in a desperate situation.

As well as meeting its initial target of £500,000 the charity will also need to raise a total of £1.2 million by the end of September 2022.

JST CEO Patrick Fleming said: “Supporters have been messaging in their droves, asking us to extend the deadline and with such amazing progress happening, the trustees have agreed to keep fundraising

“We’ve seen some extremely generous donations from the public with some donating as much as £5,000 and £10,000 at a time. The kindness of our supporters has been demonstrated in how quickly donations have been arriving.

Head of Fundraising, Kate Lloyd, said: “We are immensely grateful for the superb support we are receiving. It’s been so incredibly heartening to talk to donors about their time onboard and find out what the JST means to so many, coupled with so much steely determination to keep us going. Please we must keep going, we’re so close now!”

To deliver its mission, the sailing charity relies entirely on fundraising and subsidised berths for Tenacious’ voyages to fund its operations. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, and with limited opportunities to sail, the charity has suffered losing over £1.4m in revenues.

Patrick added: “The charity doesn’t receive any lottery or government funding and we rely solely on individual donors, businesses, partnerships, trusts and foundations who kindly donate to us year after year. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the incredible support we’ve seen get us this far. With your help we will succeed.

Tenacious is the only tall ship in the world that has been adapted to be sailed by a mixed ability crew. If we cannot continue our mission we will have to cease operations, meaning we will no longer be able to offer voyages. If you are able to donate, please do so without delay.”

To help the JST continue to transform lives at sea, and raise £1.2 million by the end of September 2022, you can donate here: https://jst.org.uk/crc-donation

14/4/2022

As we enter the final 24 hours of our urgent fundraising appeal we would urge everyone to keep donating, spread the word and support us in any way they can.

The charity has been hit hard by the pandemic after losing £1.4 million in crucial income since the start of the pandemic.

The JST applied for a Government Covid Recovery Loan to help but this was declined. This combined with a lack of sailing due to restrictions,  increases in the cost of living and a decrease in income, forced the charity into an  immediate cash flow crisis.

Last Friday, the JST launched an appeal and has since been receiving generous donations from more than 800 people, trusts and foundations, which so far total more than £235,000. We must raise £500,000 by the end of Thursday 14th April and a total of £1.2 million by the end of September 2022.

As we approach 50% of our target, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated so far but please do keep supporting us and spreading the word.

Tenacious is the only tall ship that is fully accessible and designed to be sailed by a mixed ability crew – and sailing Tenacious is key to delivering our mission. If we have to cease our operations it will be a long time before there is a tall ship anywhere in the world that allows disabled and non-disabled people to sail alongside each other.

If you are in a position to donate please do so without delay.

13/4/2022

The Jubilee Sailing Trust will be forced into ceasing operations ending a forty-four year history, unless it can urgently raise a minimum of £500K by Thursday April 14 and a total of £1.2 million by the end of September 2022.

The charity has been deeply affected by the pandemic leading to an immediate cash flow crisis.

JST has battled hard through the last two years but, as a small charity providing life-changing tall ship experiences for disabled people, the harsh and negative impact of Covid and the cost-of-living crisis has seen an increase in costs and a decrease in income which has now reached a critical point.

Despite great effort, we have been unable to secure financial support through the Government Covid Recovery Loan scheme and other institutional sources.

To deliver our mission we rely entirely on fundraising and subsidised berths for voyages to fund our operations. Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have had very limited opportunities to sail, only recently restarting our hugely popular voyages.

Our planned voyage programme released through to the end of April 2023 has attracted an unprecedented level of bookings and interest but will now not take place unless we can raise the necessary funds. The next voyage is due to take place on April 22, 2022.

Sailing Tenacious is key to delivering our mission. if we have to cease our operations it will be a long time before there is a tall ship that allows disabled and non-disabled people to sail alongside each other. Tenacious is now the only tall ship in the world that through thoughtful design and equipment is fully accessible to a mixed ability crew.

JST CEO Patrick Fleming said:

“We are in a desperately difficult situation and have to face the harsh reality that we may not be able to continue.

In recent weeks we have worked with our advisers Grant Thornton, Hill Dickinson and Nat West bank but we have so far been unable to achieve a sustainable solution.

“The JST was founded in 1978 through the extraordinary vision and foresight of a dedicated group of people working against the odds to make their dream a reality.

“Our co-founder, Christopher Rudd, first began working with disabled children by teaching them to sail in dinghies. He believed that most of the constraints that prevented them sailing further offshore were artificial and could be overcome. He also believed that if disabled and non-disabled people were to sail alongside each other, it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings between different social groups. His vision was to use thoughtful design and equipment to create a fully accessible ship to be crewed by a mixed ability crew.

“Through the partnership between Christopher and his co-founder Dr Tony Hicklin, and backed by the fundraising efforts and invaluable support of our former Chairman Francis Cator and our late President The Hon Jacquetta Cator, the JST was formed and Lord Nelson was built. After the launch of Lord Nelson, the JST grew from strength to strength, leading to the building of the second SV Tenacious.

“Our historic journey started with the generous support of the Queen’s Jubilee Fund, and the Royal Household. It is incredibly sad that we face closure, particularly in this, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year.”

The BBC Travel show video here vividly shows the work we do.

8/4/2022

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