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- 22 September 2014 00:00
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The Jubilee Sailing Trust has picked up the coveted Best Sport Project award at the star-studded National Lottery Awards 2014 ceremony.
The Southampton-based charity, which received £6 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to widen its appeal, brings together men and women of all physical abilities through the adventure and challenge of sailing aboard two very special tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious.
Crew members are taught vital sailing skills during the voyages, as well as important life skills.
As well as building people’s confidence in working as part of a team, the Jubilee Sailing Trust also improves employment opportunities by teaching other life skills.
Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan enjoyed a day out on the water on one of the Trust’s ships and during the visit surprised them with the news of their win.
"We are a small charity trying to get our message out and reach as many people as possible who could benefit from our work,” said Jubilee Sailing Trust CEO Duncan Souster.
"We very much hope on the back of our Awards success that hundreds of people who had not heard of us before will get the chance to take part in one of our voyages.”
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery funded projects.
The award winners each receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project, in addition to the Lottery funding they have already been awarded.
"I’m delighted that the Jubilee Sailing Trust has won Best Sport Project at this year’s Awards,” said Sport England Director of Community Sport Mike Diaper.
"The scheme is making such a difference to people’s lives by breaking down barriers and promoting cooperation between people of all physical abilities to sail through the challenges on the open seas.”