Top Teesside tycoon becomes new trustee for OYT North

Sir Harry Wilmot, 43, has become a trustee for the Ocean Youth Trust North, a charity that teaches young people how to sail, and is determined to get youngsters interested in sailing through his new role.

The charity, which works with people aged between 12 and 25, helps youngsters - through sailing - to escape the challenges at home and to work as a team. And in his new role, Sir Harry, director of Middlesbrough-based H E Woolley, a fire protection and home security system provider, hopes to get more people involved in the sport.

He said: “Despite its immediate access to the ocean, people don’t necessarily think of sailing when they think of Middlesbrough.
“Unfortunately this means that many youngsters are missing out on the opportunity to explore an exciting and challenging pastime. I aim to work with OYT North to help change this.”

The father-of-three from Great Broughton, who enjoys sailing with his family, believes that the skills learnt on the water can benefit young people in a variety of ways. He said: “Handling a boat or a yacht requires discipline, effort and teamwork. The lessons learnt aboard a ship can be very important in day-to-day life and can help to give youngsters a focus on their education and future.

Steve Lennon, General Manager of OYT North, said: “We are always looking at new ways of getting people interested in what we do. Sir Harry’s influence in Teesside will be a great help in getting the OYT North name out in the community.

If you are interested in learning more about Ocean Youth Trust North or would like to book a sailing trip, email Rachel using the Contact form, or phone the office on 0191 257 1212.

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