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Canning Town charity sending youngsters on sailing trip

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 June 2017

Youngsters who are taking part in the sailing trip outside Arc in the Park

Youngsters who are taking part in the sailing trip outside Arc in the Park

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Youngsters will be taking to the high seas as part of Ambition, Aspire, Achieve’s first ever sailing trip later this month.

The charity, which is based at the Terence Brown Arc in the Park in Canning Town, is sending 10 teenagers and two staff members on the voyage.

The youngsters, aged between 13 and 19, come from a variety of backgrounds and some have additional needs such as ADHD or autism.

Jordan Andrew, one of those taking part, has been on three previous sailing trips and is looking forward to going out on the water once more.

“I’ve got a good understanding of how boats wotk and I want to take it to another level,” he said.

“This time we’re going on a bigger boat.”

The 19-year-old explained that his favourite part of the trips was exploring new cities and towns when the boat docked.

“It’s about teamwork, not just doing things on our own,” he added.

“We do cooking and cleaning, and we sometimes get to steer the boat.”

The group will be leaving Southampton on Wednesday, June 14 and will sail to London, finishing up near Tower Bridge on Tuesday, June 20.

The trip is being run through Ocean Youth Trust, a charity which takes young people on voyages.

AAA’s Paula Blake said that the participants were being provided with an opportunity they would not otherwise have had.

“A lot of them are from poor families, single parent homes, things like that,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity to do something different. It’s about supporting each other.

“They’ve taken part in a sponsored walk to help raise money for the trip”.


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