Last month Challenge Wales won the ITV Wales People’s Millions Award for our Turning the Tide project. Just over £40,000 was won to enable the charity to work with visually impaired and blind young people in 2014. It is certainly exciting times ahead and huge thanks to all those that picked up the telephone and voted for us to win.
Many people have approached trustees about the win, showing their support and then thinking that a big cheque just jumps straight into our bank account enabling a splurge of spending to take place. The lottery funding we have received is very specific (what we call Restricted Funds) and can only be used on very specific things relating to our Turning the Tide project that were specified before we won (as part of our funding bid); specialised equipment (audio compass, talking galley equipment, tactile charts), transport costs for the visually impaired young people and their buddies to get to and from Challenge Wales, training costs for volunteers and voyage costs.
Winning the People’s Millions Award was a great early Christmas present! And, we have lots of planning to do to get the project off the ground in 2014…in fact we have a very exciting year to come and will be keeping you updated on what’s to come. Not just voyages for visually impaired young people but also sail training voyages to meet up with the Clipper Round the World race in Derry-Londonderry to inspire and motivate our young people onboard, adult fundraising voyages such as our Six Nations Rugby Sail voyage to Ireland for the Ireland V Wales rugby in February (no sailing experience necessary), Round the Island Race Cowes, delivery milebuilding trips and sailing into Glasgow as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Tall Ships Racing from Falmouth to Royal Greenwich.
Here’s to 2014.