Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

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Further cash boost for UKSA project

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UKSA, the non-profit maritime charity, has revealed another significant donation has been pledged to the organisation. This follows on from the announcement of the single largest donation in UKSA’s 30-year history being made early this year.

UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows said: “We are thrilled that long term supporter of UKSA, the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, have confirmed they are making a £300,000 grant to support the development of our new accommodation centre. This, along with the $1.9 million donation from the TK Foundation, has unlocked and secured our ambitious plans for UKSA’s future.”

Crucial to UKSA’s plans is the building of a new, modular accommodation on its waterfront site in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. The new accommodation centre will enable an additional 3,000 children and young people to visit UKSA every year, enabling the organisation to continue growing its impact on their life skills and career prospects. Willows adds: “We deliver maritime adventures and training programmes that have a positive and lasting impact on young people’s academic, health and sporting abilities. The creation of tangible pathways inspires young people to broaden their horizons, leading to continuous employment in the maritime sector. The new accommodation is an urgent requirement for us, as the demand for places continues to grow year on year.

The UKSA site will remain fully operational throughout the development works, with building work commencing in the latter part of 2020 and completion of the works planned for mid-2022.