All aboard to raise funds for trip of a lifetime
Published on 21/06/18
East Point Academy is raising money to fund an extraordinary voyage for a group of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The school hopes to send ten students on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Denmark in a 100-year-old wooden sailing boat, the Excelsior, which they will help to skipper themselves.
Some of the students taking part in the trip have special educational needs; others have faced challenges such as having low self-esteem or being in care.
Onboard the Excelsior they will take on vital roles such as hoisting sails, navigating, steering, cooking, and cleaning, as the boat sails across the North Sea, through the Danish fjords, and along the coasts of Holland and Germany.
The trip fund has received generous donations from several organisations in the region, including £2,500 from The Norfolk Boat charity, £500 from Sentinel Leisure Trust, £400 from Broadlands Park holiday village owners Tingdene, and £200 from construction company Wellington.
The students are hoping to raise a further £1,600 with a sponsored climb in which they aim to rack up 1000m of ascents on an indoor climbing wall.
Group leader Chantalle Calver said: “This is going to be an amazing trip. These pupils have never done anything like this before in their lives – half of them had never even applied for a passport before.
“We are super excited and can’t wait to get started.”
Students and staff will be collecting money during the sponsored climb at the Waterlane Leisure Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, June 30. Donations can also be made at East Point Academy, Kirkley Run during school hours.