EIGHT youngsters from across Burton are set to experience a once-in-a-lifetime ocean voyage – thanks to the town’s MP.
Six deserving teenagers from Burton’s army, air and sea cadets, as well as two from Burton Venture Trust, have been picked by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths to join one of the voyage’s organised as part of the Rona Sailing Project.
Every year since it was founded in 1960, the Rona Sailing Project takes around 600 young people to sea for a week of offshore sailing adventure and teamwork in their three purpose-built sail training yachts.
Mr Griffiths was offered eight places on a voyage by Rona supporter Keith Knowles, group managing director of pub and club operator Beds and Bars Ltd, as a thank you for his work in campaigning to axe the beer duty escalator.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “I was given a number of places for young people in my constituency to go free of charge for a week on this sailing expedition.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people and it’s a great way for them to build confidence and experience a really amazing few days.
“It is the sort of opportunity that most young people would be absolutely desperate to do and I am really delighted that Mr Knowles has given some young people in Burton the opportunity to experience such a fantastic course.”
The six-day voyages take off from Southampton before sailing off across Northern Europe, developing teamwork and leadership skills, and giving the young crews a real sense of achievement by the end.
Burton Venture Trust activity leader Graham Marshment told the Mail its two representatives had already been picked and were ‘chuffed to bits’.
He said: “We are very grateful to Andrew Griffiths for the interest that he has shown in the venture trust and he attended our presentation evening so knows what we do.
“We are delighted to get the two places on the trip as it really fits in with our ethos and there were no shortage of members wanting to take part in it.
“The two who are going – Alice Legate and Caitlin Foy – have both been with the venture trust since they were seven and are both chuffed to bits with the opportunity.”