COVID-19 – TALL SHIPS ANALYSIS AND OPERATIONAL STATEMENT

Our priority is, and always has been, safety whilst on board. We have been closely monitoring the situation with the Covid-19 virus and, following the statement from Government advising people to socially distance themselves on Monday - and the scientific evidence that the virus can be passed on by asymptomatic people - we have decided to suspend our scheduled voyages until 1st Aug 2020. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to our staff, supporters and beneficiaries, but we must put your safety first.

The pandemic will have a very serious impact on the charity. Whilst we have turned the Trust around over the past two years, and made our first operating profit for 17 years last year, we still do not have the reserves to take us through this unprecedented economic shock. Our income has plummeted, and we are finding ways to cut our cost base, and seeking as much relief as we can from government, potential creditors and lenders. At the same time, our fundraising team are working hard to ensure we have the necessary funds to take us through this storm, and to allow us to continue supporting young people when the pandemic has subsided.

We are hoping to resume operations in August and we are doing all we can to ensure we get through the next few tough months so that we can continue to support vulnerable young people for another 64 years and beyond.

It is imperative that all of us - staff, donors, volunteers and supporters - all pull together now, and continue to do all we can for the charity, as we enter this very challenging period.

Please let us know if we can provide any further information. Thank you in anticipation of your ongoing, and renewed, support.