Ocean Youth Trust South is delighted to be able to announce that we have been chosen as one of 26 charities to benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, set up by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton for those who very generously may wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their wedding.
OYT South Chief Executive Mark Todd said: “This is a fantastic recognition of our charitable work and will make a hugely positive contribution towards our key aims of taking more young people to sea and raising funds towards a new purpose-built sail training vessel. We hope that it will inspire more young people from all backgrounds to want to sail with us. We are a small charity and this could make a really significant difference to our long-term future.”
The Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund website includes a full list of the charities to benefit, personally chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton. Chosen charities are grouped into particular areas, depending on the work they do, and individuals can donate to the group they wish to support. OYT South is included in the category “Changing Lives through Arts and Sports”. The others are: Children Fulfilling Their Potential; Help and Care at Home; Support for Service Personnel and Their Families; and Conservation for Future Generations. The charities include some based in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to reflect the couple's close ties to and affection for the three countries following visits by Prince William in the past.
Please note that the existence of the Fund is to enable those already wishing to give to the wedding another outlet through which to express their best wishes. The donations site will close shortly after the wedding and then distribution of the fund will take place over time. Each charity has to apply for a grant and the hope is for the funds to help that charity grow.
OYT South is looking forward to working with the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund to ensure that any donations made have the greatest possible impact in supporting our work with young people.