Ocean Youth Trust North has many supporters around the UK and beyond. Support comes in many different forms, from the volunteers who give up their time to help with refit and voyages onboard James Cook to those who take on fundraising events to raise funds for young people to come sailing with us. All are equally important and this page is to say a big thank you to every single one. We have over 50 volunteers, to many to name, you are a constant help and much appreciated. To those who have fundraised for us through various events including taking part in the Great North Run and holding a beer festival we thank you also.
This page is dedicated to all of you and shows various fantastic examples of what has been achieved in the name of the Ocean Youth Trust North.
Royal Northumberland Yacht Club
The Royal Northumberland Yacht Club (RNYC) is very proud of its long association with OYT North. RNYC members were heavily involved with the financing and building of James Cook in 1987 and particular mention should be made of Lew Scaife (deceased) and his fellow members John Dyson, Bill Foreman (deceased) and Malcolm (Mac) Noble (deceased) all of whom were the founders of the then Ocean Youth Trust Club NE Region. RNYC members have been active volunteers and officers on the James Cook over the years and the club offers a warm welcome and special facilities to the vessel during her regular visits to Blyth.(www.rnyc.org.uk)
Hartlepool Round Table
“When I became Chairman on Hartlepool Round Table one of my first jobs was to decide which charities we would nominate as a beneficiary of our annual Charity Beer Festival.
My current work as a Pilot on the River Tees and my previous sea going experience made me look for a nautical based charity that was local and would benefit Hartlepool as well, so with OYT being closely linked to 41 Club during the previous year it was an easy choice to nominate OYT North. Hartlepool Round Table has enjoyed 2 trips on the James Cook and both times the guys have enjoyed themselves immensely and got first hand experience of the good work that OYT North does.” Graeme Smith
In 2011, Malcolm Lockey chose the Ocean Youth Trust as his presidential charity of the year. All of that year various 41 Clubs around the country held events and talks in aid of OYT to raise funds to give young people the opportunity to experience the challenges of life at sea. Many many clubs raised a significant amount, again too many to mention. Malcolm Lockey himself took part in a Millenium Walk. However, one club in particular raised the bar and this was the Kelso 41 Club.
OYT North has been given a royal blessing, as it was chosen as one of only 26 charities worldwide to benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund established by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton to celebrate their wedding in 2011.
Sunderland High School
Our supporters are getting younger and younger with nursery pupils from Sunderlan High School getting involved in raising funds to help other young people to come sailing. Click here to read more.
Our many volunteers are constantly thinking up new ways to fundraise on behalf of OYT North. They have taken part in many fundraising events such as the Great North Run, the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge, an Annual Row and a Coast to Coast tractor drive to name but a few. We are very grateful to them all for their constant commitment to OYT and we hope that they will be coming up with many more events in the future!