Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside

MAST honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

By Mersey Maritime

Leading charity Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award which a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

MAST enables young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop key life skills, such as self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and communication, through the unique and challenging experience of crewing tall ships on the high seas, over the last 10 years.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced annually on June 2, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Jim Graves, founder and chair of MAST, which has trained 1,432 young people aboard tall ships, said: “I am deeply honoured to accept this magnificent award on behalf of MAST and everyone involved with the charity.

“This is our tenth anniversary since starting in 2009 and to achieve such national recognition for what MAST does is beyond my wildest dreams. This award is about recognising all the hard work of our volunteers, ambassadors, supporters and the success of our trainees.

“Without the dedication, commitment and time of these 60 or more individuals working for MAST over the last 10 years, contributing their many diverse skills to create our unique opportunities for local youngsters, there would simply be no MAST, never mind this fantastic accolade of receiving a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”

MAST’s main event is its annual Apprentice Ship Cup, a tall ship regatta, in which competing teams each summer sail in a set of races around the Irish Sea and Western Scotland. The long-term aim is to make Liverpool the tall ship centre for the northern UK and to increase the number of young people aged 16-30 years taking part.

Mersey Maritime
About Mersey Maritime
Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the Liverpool City Region. We work with businesses of all sizes and in all locations to develop strong, market-responsive supply chains and promote Liverpool’s maritime industry as a world class Centre of Excellence.

JOIN MERSEY MARITIME TODAY

Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship of Mersey Maritime provides businesses with the opportunity for closer collaboration.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up here to receive industry news straight into your inbox every month.

MAST honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service