25th anniversary celebration donation from SFF Services Ltd – Fishupdate.com

25th anniversary celebration donation from SFF Services Ltd Published:  29 July, 2011

25th anniversary celebration donation from SFF Services Ltd gives five youngsters the opportunity of a lifetime to sail on tall ship Lord Nelson.

SFF Services Ltd has donated funding to support five Leadership at Sea Bursaries to the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) that will enable young people to gain valuable and exciting sailing experience on the tall ship Lord Nelson.

The JST Leadership at Sea programme is designed to equip young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with the skills that can help in a future career, with the £1,500 donation from SFF Services giving five Scottish youngsters the opportunity of a lifetime.  One of the successful applicants will be on the Lord Nelson when she sets sail from Aberdeen tomorrow (30 July) for a 12-day trip visiting five European countries.

SFF Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, and provides a range of specialised services to the marine industries, particularly the offshore oil and gas industry. The donation to JST has been made as part of the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which will include a special reception held onboard the Lord Nelson tonight (29 July) in Aberdeen.

JST promotes the integration of physically disabled and able-bodied people through the medium of sailing on its vessels Lord Nelson and Tenacious – the only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals.

Josephine Hall, fundraising and development manager of JST, said: “We are very grateful to SFF Services for their generous donation. It is support like this that helps us change the lives of around 2,000 people a year and achieve our mission to change perceptions of disability and to integrate people of all physical abilities through the shared challenge of sailing a tall ship at sea.”

James Brown, SFF Services chairman, said: “We are delighted to offer support for these five Leadership at Sea Bursaries.  The programme builds confidence through experience, giving youngsters the opportunity to lead a team made up of a wide age range and of different physical abilities.”