Region’s Youngsters to Benefit from Charity Donation

OYT North is riding the crest of a wave after a Newcastle business has come on board with financial support.
Staff at Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT North) were delighted when they received a £2,000 donation from marine insurers North P&I Club.

OYT North is a sail training charity which works with young people from the region, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, to help them develop important life skills and take control of their own futures. The organisation relies on funding and donations in order to continue improving the prospects of thousands of young people every year, so this donation is extremely welcome.

Steve Lennon, General Manager of OYT North, said: “In the era of the Big Society, it is easy for people to talk about pulling together for their communities, but they often find it harder to actually reach into their own pockets for others.

North P&I Club have pledged to support organisations which work in both local and maritime communities and have stood by this promise - it is fantastic that we have been selected to benefit from their public spirit.

“This money will go towards funding programmes for those young people who otherwise would not be able to take part in our unique personal development training, so on behalf of those individuals and the rest of the OYT North staff I would like to thank North P&I Club and everyone who donated to the cause.”

Last year North P&I Club set up the charitable North 150 Year fund in celebration of their 150th anniversary, and encouraged clients wanting to send a gift to instead donate money to this fund. OYT North was one of 13 charities short listed from staff nominations of organisations to receive some of these monies.

Mike Asherson, Associate Director from North P&I Club, said: “We are intensely proud of our nautical roots in the North East and feel a duty to support other local organisations which enhance the areas we work in.

“The work OYT North does to engage young people from the region in positive and fulfilling ways is exceptional, and also ties into our own industry which of course is extremely important to us. Therefore they were a natural choice for the donation and we were delighted to be able to contribute in small part to their ongoing work.”

OYT North specialises in the personal and social development of young people through the unique medium of Adventure under Sail. It offers safe but exhilarating residential experiences to young people, helping them to discover more about themselves and the world whilst learning new skills.

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