Co-op to support RSYC Trust










The Royal Southampton Yacht Club Trust is delighted to announce that the Co-op convenience store group is to support the Club’s fund-raising on behalf of the Commodore’s charity which, this year provides opportunities for all to go sailing; focusing specifically on local, young people and in particular, young carers from the Southampton postcode area.

A young carer is someone under 18 years old who helps to care for a family member or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. There are approx 700,000 young carers in the UK. That’s about onein 12 secondary school age pupils.

Graham Tracey, chairman of the Trust’s working group, saidL "Being a young carer can have a huge impact on the things that are important to growing up. It can affect a young person’s education, mental and physical health,social life and self-confidence.

"The RSYC’s work has already given young carers an opportunity to experience sailing for the first time; providing well-earned respite from caring duties and allowing them to enjoy a day of healthy activity on the water, experiencing team work, generating self-confidence and building communication skills."

A percentage of takings at Co-op stores most local to Ocean Village will be donated to the RSYC Trust for the next 11 months.. RSYC Members and supporters can boost the funds by joining the Co-op, shopping at the local shops and by signing in to www.coop,co.uk/membership.

We will be giving regular updates on how the fund is building and news of the sailing events created for the young carers - watch this space!