Funding has been ring-fenced to help young people from the Lake District start new careers at sea, in memory of RYA yachtmaster Michael Hanlon, who died tragically in an accident in France at the age of 22.
As a thank you for the huge wave of support received from people in Michael’s beloved home-town of Windermere and the surrounding areas, youth charity UKSA has pledged financial assistance to suitable local candidates who apply for training.
On behalf of his family, UKSA created the Michael (Milo) Hanlon UKSA Bursary last year in honour of talented watersports instructor and newly qualified yachtmaster Michael (also known as Mikey or Milo), who was just starting out on the career of his dreams – working on a superyacht – when he died in April 2013.
The Bursary is for young people like him: those who are passionate about the water and who love sharing that passion, but who couldn’t normally access or afford the training they need to get started. Already, six young people have been granted £2,000 each towards their training.
The fund was recently boosted by a ball that took place at the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere – a popular event that raised just shy of £14,000. Due to the success of the event, organisers are pleased to announce that another will take place next year, on April 10, 2015, which will have a pirate theme. A summer regatta will also take place in Michael’s name in Windermere in 2015. The total raised in Milo’s name so far is £34,000.
Emma Baggett, UKSA’s Cadetship Manager, said: “We would like to express our huge thanks to everyone from the Lakes who supported this event, and to Milo’s family and friends who have tirelessly raised money towards such an amazing cause in tribute to him.
“After the tragedy we were all united in wanting Milo’s energy and extraordinary character to be celebrated and remembered. By creating the Bursary, young people are able to walk in Milo’s footsteps onto exciting and challenging careers, carrying on where Milo was not able to.”
Michael was a hugely talented and experienced watersports instructor with several seasons of experience when he was selected as a Seafarers UK sponsored cadet to study at UKSA in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on their flagship Superyacht Cadetship course.
He completed his first phase of training and was working towards his foundation degree when he gained his first position in the superyacht industry on a 60m motor yacht – but died shortly after starting work.
UKSA still has six coveted bursaries left to allocate for the 2014 intake of their world-renowned four-year cadetship, which starts in October and includes a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and validated by the University of Plymouth. The course allows students to ‘earn whilst they learn’ and train for a well paid and exciting career on superyachts.
These Yachting Cadetships for 18-25-year-olds are generously part funded by leading UK maritime charity Seafarers UK, which makes them accessible to everyone and an immediately viable option for those considering vocational training over the more traditional study or career paths.
The £10,500 of funding for the five-month phase one training includes £2,000 from the Milo Hanlon Bursary. Applicants have until mid September to apply and be selected and priority will be given to those who display a clear welfare need and/or have a proven family connection to the maritime industry. The Milo Hanlon Bursary element is an interest-free loan and recipients simply agree a realistic and achievable repayment schedule, so it continues to be available to others.
If the Cadetship is not for you, the Bursary can be used to part-fund other courses, such as Professional Yachtmaster, Watersports Instructor Training, and Superyacht Interior Foundation. Some of the funding has been ring-fenced for residents local to Windermere.