We have raised £2,065 to be divided equally between our two chosen charities, Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), and Ocean Youth Trust South.
The main fundraising for these two worthwhile causes took place at last year’s Southampton International Boat Show and was added to the money collected by other charitable and sponsored events. We ran a raffle on our waterfront boat show stand, giving berth holders the chance to win a Musto BR1 jacket and trouser wet weather combo, worth over £300. Additionally, we invited our berth holders to join the team for ‘Charity Hour’ in the lounge, charging £1 for refreshments with all proceeds going into the charity pot.
We are a primary supporter of the Blue Marine Foundation which works to provide innovative solutions to overfishing and has initiated a conservation project to replenish the Solent’s oyster population.
Jacob Kean-Hammerson, BLUE’s Solent Project Manager says: “MDL Marinas has made a huge contribution to BLUE’s Solent Oyster Restoration Project. Thanks to MDL’s support, the project has been able to restore 20,000 native oysters across nine MDL marinas. This additional contribution will help us continue to restore the native oyster to the Solent and demonstrates the amazing work that can be achieved through strong partnerships between industry and conservation.”
For the past 40 years we have developed a close relationship with Ocean Youth Trust South, recognising its fantastic work with young people and the life changing experience that sailing can offer. An annual five-day trip for inspirational young people on board the charity’s Prolific also forms the basis of our Sail Training Awards.
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South says: “MDL is one of Ocean Youth Trust South’s most valued and long-term supporters. We are so grateful for all that they do for us. The money that MDL has raised will ensure that more young people’s lives can be changed through the voyages we can offer for those who couldn’t otherwise afford to sail.”
“The amount of money raised is fantastic and we are delighted that we can continue to support our two chosen charities in this way,” says Maxine Lane, MDL’s Head of Marketing. “The work that they do in their respective fields makes such a difference and we will continue to get behind them and their endeavours again this year.”