UKSA’s Summer Give campaign raises over £15,000 to support 36 disadvantaged London children this summer – thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve our target!!

In June UKSA took part in the ‘Summer Give’ campaign to raise money for disadvantaged London children and young people. 43 charities took part in the campaign, which is backed by The Childhood Trust, raising nearly £800,000 in total with the aim of supporting some of the 700,000 children and young people in London, that are currently living in poverty, during the summer holidays.

For these children the summer holidays can be a particularly scary time. Many children are left hungry and unsupervised without the provisions offered by schools during term-time; this can leave many youngsters vulnerable and lonely with little adult supervision and left to fend for themselves.

Research shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are also being left behind at school compared to their peers. Few have opportunities to learn and play outdoors in their school holidays. With no sign of improvement for these children, we want to do all we can to address this.

Thanks to our amazing supporters 36 of these children and young people will have the chance to visit UKSA on the Isle of Wight this summer for a holiday to remember. We will be working with a range of schools and charities to ensure this opportunity is offered to deserving youngsters from across London, including Southside Young Leaders’ Academy in Camberwell and George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets.

Beneficiaries will participate in a funded 5-day full-board residential on-water activity programme, partaking in activities including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, enabling them to build confidence and life skills, like resilience and teamwork, and to broaden their horizons in a wholly new environment.

Summer Give Campaign 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign through donating or sharing it with others – it will make such an enormous difference to these young people, one which would not have been possible without your help.

We look forward to updating you on our beneficiaries’ progress later this summer.

Stephen Moss, the leader accompanying the George Green’s School youngsters, said:

Thank you so much for enabling the residential trip for 17 of our students at UKSA, it was an experience most of them would not have been able to have were it not for your generous sponsors.

 The team of instructors kept them busy and engaged from breakfast to bedtime. Within an hour of arrival even the non-swimmers were hurling themselves into the water; Phil had persuaded them that if they ran fast enough down the slipway they could walk on water (with life-jackets of course!)…

 On the journey out they had been a school group, on the way home they were the George Green School Team; their parting shot “when can we go again sir?”         

We are delighted that the students who visited from George Green’s School will now have the opportunity to continue their watersports adventures through the school’s newly established Sea Cadets unit.