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Helen and Rowan

We are delighted to welcome Helen Bishop-Stephens our new Fundraising Manager. Helen has a background in the arts including fundraising and marketing. Since returning to Cornwall she has led a Heritage Lottery-funded restoration project at Harvey’s Foundry Trust in Hayle and a marketing and events programme for the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. She grew up crewing mirror and wayfarer dinghies on Restronguet for her sailing-enthusiast parents. Now that her children are showing an interest in being on the water, she vows to let them hold the tiller. Well, sometimes.

Rowan Blewett is Trusts Administrator and has held posts in community fundraising and events at Cornwall Hospice Care and Shelterbox. She is a keen sportsperson who enjoys netball, snowboarding and hiking. She can often be found at the Helford retrieving her dog from the water.

If you’d like to get involved with fundraising, we’d love to hear from you. Contact helen@hrcst.org.uk or phone 01326 250765

Floating Classroom

A big thank you to everyone who took the trouble to vote for HRCST’s entry in the Aviva Community Fund competition last year.  We applied for £25,000 to build a floating classroom and we managed to get 4,198 votes.  We didn’t win but we gained a huge amount of positive publicity from this national, high profile competition and we plan to try again next time!

Budock Vean Golf Club

The Captains of Budock Vean Golf Club - Mo Salomé and John Rule - pictured here (photo by Andrea Oakes) chose HRCST as their Charity of the Year for 2017 and on 11 December presented Charles Richardson, co-chairman, with a cheque for £3,907.  The members collected this fabulous amount from a variety of events during the year.

HRCST 20th anniversary

Margaret Green very kindly hosted a party at Calamansac in Port Navas on Sunday 6th August to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Trust. John Green, Margaret's late husband, started HRCST at Calamansac in 1997 with a few boats and a lot of determination and enthusiasm. Today the Trust operates over 80 boats and teaches more than 600 children each year.

Living life on the edge – young sailors crew Black Dog to racing victory!

The five children who joined the crew of racing yacht Black Dog Team Gul and went on to score a win on the opening day of Falmouth Week [6 August] described their experience with an emphatic “amazing!”.

“Hiking out over the edge at speed was incredible,” said Ross Payne, 12, while 13-year-old Ollie Heffernan added: “It was challenging but really exciting. We had to work as a team to solve problems and keep the boat ahead of our competitors.”

The small team – Ross and Ollie plus fellow sailors Jacob Midgley, Gabriel Faulkner, and Rowan Skingley, came via the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST), a Cornwall charity dedicated to helping young people discover a love and respect for the sea through learning to sail and kayak.

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Falmouth racing yacht plans to ‘Trust the Children’!

Falmouth racing yacht ‘Black Dog’ is being turned over to a group of children on Sunday [6 August], for the first day of Falmouth Week!

A team of children has been selected to race on Falmouth’s most competitive racing yacht, Black Dog. All of them come via Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST), a south-west charity dedicated to helping young people discover a love and respect for the sea through learning to sail and kayak.

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Curnow School

It’s been another successful term for HRCST’s students with special educational needs – including the post-16-year-olds from Curnow School, seen here enjoying a Thursday morning session at Calamansack.

“Sailing with HRCST is one of the highlights of their year,” said Curnow School group leader Neil Pellow-Firth. “The sessions provide the students with a unique opportunity to develop not just their self confidence and teamwork skills, but also their understanding of water safety. The HRCST team is amazing. Our students and staff love every minute of the experience.”

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