The Prince’s Trust
Ben is proud to be an ambassodor for the Princes Trust. Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. The Princes Trust address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. They help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
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JOHN MERRICKS SAILING TRUST
Ben Ainslie is Patron of the John Merricks Sailing Trust. The objectives of the Trust are to advance the education and physical and mental development of young people in need (under the age of 25 years) with a view to promoting the achievement of their potential through the sport of sailing. The John Merricks Sailing Trust has been in operation for ten years and has helped many young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals. The charitable trust was set up by those closest to John to do some good in his name and further the memory of such a remarkable person. Many people gained from all that John gave and many also helped John to achieve all that he did in such a short time. Indeed if it were not for this help John may have fallen short of his aspirations. The Trust’s aim is to provide help to those young people who display similar drive, talent and commitment to sailing as John, but who perhaps themselves need support to set them on their way to fulfilling their dreams.
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Since 2012, Sir Ben has been actively involved in helping ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity based near to where Ben grew up in Cornwall, south west England. ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and live-saving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters, at the time when they need it most. The charity is now established at the forefront of disaster relief and aims to help 50,000 families every year. In the 12 years since ShelterBox was founded, the charity has responded to over 200 natural or manmade disasters in over 75 different countries and provided life-saving aid to well over one million people.
The UK’s leading sport for development charity helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. The charity supports community and voluntary sports groups, which deliver sport for development. The aim is to help them grow and run to the best of their ability, helping to change young people’s lives aged 11-25.
There are thousands of these organisations throughout the UK. However many of them don’t have the funding or business expertise to run at their full potential. That’s where sported. comes in. sported. is a free membership organisation providing the business support and funding these groups really need. Not only does it help them to become more sustainable, it also lets them focus on doing what they do best – inspiring young people through
sported. was set up by Sir Keith Mills, International President and Chief Executive of the successful London 2012 Olympic bid, to create a voice for the sport for development sector across the UK and deliver a powerful legacy at the grass roots of community sport – this work will continue long after the London Olympic Games, ensuring a lasting legacy is met.
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Sail 4 Cancer
Sail 4 Cancer was set up in 2001 by a group of keen sailors who had all lost a close friend or relative to cancer.
Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. The charity also makes grants to cancer care centres and funds research into the positive effects of exercise (e.g. sailing) and how it can help prevent cancer and aid recovery post diagnosis.
From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer your life is taken over by hospital visits, treatments, tests, uncertainty, and often, financial worries. For a day or a few weeks, Sail 4 Cancer takes cancer patients and their families away from the disease and the nightmare that they are living through.