The Ship’s Bell, one-of-a-kind name signage and a wooden ship’s steering wheel are just some of the items are under the hammer as a charity auction gets under way to raise funds for the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST).
More than 30 lots went up for auction on Monday 13th June as part of the JST’s Jubilee Auction, with top lots including a cottage holiday stay in Cornwall, a signed England Rugby shirt and a private tour of the British Library.
There are also several lots containing historical memorabilia from the JST’s tall sailing ships, STS Lord Nelson and SV Tenacious, from plaques to paintings.
The Jubilee Auction, running from Monday 13th until Thursday 30th June at 5pm, aims to raise funds for the sailing charity’s Covid Recovery Campaign, as it was announced back in March they would need to raise £1.2million before September in order to stay afloat.
The JST, which has a base in Ocean Village Southampton, is entirely reliant on public funding and was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
JST Chief Executive Patrick Fleming said: “We’re pleased to announce the successful launch of the Jubilee Auction and can see people are already bidding on items.
“All funds will go towards the JST’s Covid Recovery Campaign. We’re hoping the Jubilee Auction will help to raise funds to help us continue carrying out its mission.”
The JST offers people of all abilities the opportunity to climb aboard its tall ship Tenacious for an immersive sailing experience and relies on funding from the public. Since its founding in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has welcomed more than 50,000 people on board.
Impacted by significantly reduced income for the last two years, the charity is currently appealing to its supporters so it can raise £1.2 million by the end of September 2022 so it can continue to fund existing ship and shore operational activities.
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And to find out more about the Jubilee Auction and place a bid, click here.