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Willow & Stone Bursary

When local businesses help our charity…

Willow & Stone is a local shop based in Falmouth, run by Sarah Willshaw. Sarah approached Sea Sanctuary with a fundraising initiative – to hold a sale evening and charity raffle to help Sea Sanctuary. The raffle was an excellent idea and enabled Sarah to donate the proceeds to Sea Sanctuary, while also raising awareness of our cause.

Sarah spoke to local businesses and the idea soon gained support, with plenty of local companies offering support for the evening.

Lots of local businesses banded together to donate prizes for the raffle, such as Ocean MINI, Richard Cook’s, Rick Stein, Secrets, Simpsons, Huddle, Brickworks Ceramic Studio, Suzanne Johnson Family Photography, Tom Raffield, the Cornish Store, Highcliffe Contemporary Bed and Breakfast, and many more.

The raffle was a huge success, and raised an impressive £1217 for Sea Sanctuary.

Arise the “Willow & Stone Bursary”.

This bursary will fund placements on the Sail into Life programme, which won the Google and Sainsbury’s ‘Award for Innovation’ in 2013.

The Sail into Life programme predominantly supports people needing mental health care that have low or no income. The Willow & Stone bursary will assist in helping those that need mental health care the most, access this service to renew their mind, body, and soul.

Sea Sanctuary is a small charity and depends on vital donations, bursaries, and grants to remain operational. The ARC has gained LIBOR funding from the Treasury, but this money must remain for The ARC service, and cannot support Sea Sanctuary initiatives.

The Sail into Life programme, although highly effective, is an expensive service to run, with many costs for sailing, equipment, staffing, healthy sustenance for clients on board, upkeep, and many other factors. Despite the costs involved, this is a unique form of therapy, and the effectiveness shows just how vital one’s environment is to recovery. You can read more about blue health, here.

To find out more about the Sail into Life programme, click here.

Take a look at the photos from the evening

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Posted on April 30, 2018
By Claire Watt
In Blog, Featured

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