Butterfield Bank has been announced as Set Sail Trust’s new trustee and core sponsor, and will support the charity’s work in the Bailiwick.
The new partnership will help to ensure the continued delivery of a programme of water-based initiatives for local school children and more underprivileged members of the community.
It’s not just about spending time on the water - the Trust is also committed to raising awareness of Guernsey’s rich nautical history.
The Charity’s patron is the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, who said: "Guernsey’s unique maritime history and stunning island location are privileges everyone should be able to enjoy. The charity’s work helps to make these privileges accessible to the widest possible audience, and it is always wonderful to witness the children’s enjoyment of the water and our coastline. It is only through the generosity of the trustees and corporate ambassadors that this work can continue, so it is pleasing to see a new trustee come on board."
A key date in the Trust’s calendar is the Pilot Cutter event, which has been enjoyed by islanders for the past 10 years and is considered one of the highlights in the Channel Islands summer calendar.
Last year was the most successful event to date with 700 Year-6 pupils and youth group members experiencing the thrill of sailing cutter ships first-hand.
The news of the new appointment comes as the Trust has confirmed that 2018 will be a rest year for the popular fixture. However, summer 2019 will see the return of the event to coincide with the primary schools’ investigation and discovery week.
Andreas J Tautscher, Chairman of the Trust’s Advisory Committee, said: "We are so pleased to announce Butterfield Bank as our new trustee and sponsor. Participating in nautical activities is a hugely rewarding experience and can teach invaluable life skills. We’re proud to bring the joy of sailing to every sector of society, but this is only possible with the right funding and support in place.
"With Butterfield Bank’s support, we look forward to continuing to bring our popular programme of nautical activities and events to the local community while educating islanders on Guernsey’s rich marine history."
Richard Saunders, Managing Director of Butterfield Bank, added: "We are delighted to be a new trustee and core sponsor for Set Sail Trust. It's important that Guernsey's nautical activities and rich maritime heritage are accessible for all to participate in and learn about. The charity does extraordinary work by giving all members within the local community this opportunity. It's very rewarding to be a part of this special initiative which brings a lot of joy and new life skills to islanders."
The charity’s other long-term trustees are TPA, IAM Advisory and The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
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