The Excelsior Trust, which looks after the 99 year old iconic Lowestoft sailing smack, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to keep her sailing. The crew are currently in lockdown on board and have been using the time to put together a campaign that will hopefully ensure the future of this important part of our local heritage.
Lockdown has meant that Excelsior has not been able to put to sea with the groups of young people that were due to sail on her and this means a significant loss of annual income. Falling between several stools to gain any government support, the charity has had to find its own way to maintain its traditional skills and ensure that young people will still be able to experience life on board. Excelsior has taken nearly 10,000 young people to sea over thirty years as a charitable trust and many of them return as adults bringing their own groups on board.
Chairman Jamie Campbell: “A trip on Excelsior is often a life-changing experience giving young people the opportunity to become part of the crew and learning new skills. Many East Anglians will be familiar with the distinctive sight of our lovely old lady off our coast and further afield. We are determined not to lose her as a result of Covid 19. Please help us to keep her sailing”.
www.theexcelsiortrust.co.uk 0845 308 2323
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