Duchy Health Charity

Cornwall’s leading grant giving health charity for the promotion of health and wellbeing
and the prevention of sickness in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly

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The Helford River Children's Sailing Trust

An inspirational children’s charity which has taught thousands of Cornish youngsters to sail in the safety of the beautiful Helford River added seven new boats to its impressive fleet on Wednesday 6 April – thanks to more than £30,000 of funding support from the Duchy Health Charity, Trinity House and five Cornish businesses.  

The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust with its scores of dedicated volunteers gives young people, including many with disabilities and special needs, the chance to get out on the water and work together, gaining skills and confidence and having huge amounts of fun in the process.  

Two new Whaly 435 safety boats, costing £12,000 apiece, have been funded by Trinity House and the Duchy Health Charity – which supports projects and organisations promoting the health and wellbeing of the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Trust’s dedication to young people won on-going support from the nearby Budock Vean Country House Hotel (whose owner Martin Barlow is also a volunteer and Trustee), Digs Property, Watson Marlow, Cornish Holiday Cottages and Steve Harman from Gunwalloe – each donating £1,500 towards five Pico sailing dinghies.  

This is the Duchy Health Charity’s third substantial grant to the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust.  The Trust’s 150 volunteers now operate a combined fleet of around 80 craft – and the seven new boats have replaced other vessels which have seen many years of trusty service.

“It is brilliantly run with an impressive pool of dedicated, trained volunteers who give youngsters a unique opportunity to participate in a healthy, life-transforming experience – that’s why we have been delighted to offer help and support for the fantastic work they do.”

Duchy Health Charity’s Sally-Jane Coode

“We are constantly overwhelmed by the good-will and generosity of the organisations and individuals who support the Trust’s work with young people.In our twenty years we have taken more than 5000 children out on the river in sailing boats, kayaks and rowing boats and it’s a real privilege to see them working in teams and growing in confidence, as well as keeping fit and healthy and having good old-fashioned fun.”

Richard Nathan, Joint Chairman of the HRCST

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