I am the Finance & IT Officer for the Tall Ships Youth Trust and have seen the impact a voyage had for my 14 year old son, Owen. Owen has Autism Spectrum Disorder and was lucky enough to be granted a bursary to go on a Challenger voyage earlier this year. He came back from his time at sea absolutely buzzing and couldn't wait to get out again. Owen had never sailed before but came back with a new found confidence, many new friends and it has really focused him to pursue his intended career as an engineer in the Royal Navy.

I started my training for the 10 mile run in July and can't wait to get to the start line. Please donate whatever you can to this very worthy cause and help the trust take even more disadvantaged young people to sea, hopefully giving them a similar experience to my son. Gary More