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Hampshire sailing charity's future saved after £1m worth of donations

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A Hampshire sailing charity that needed £1 million to stay in business has reached its goal.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust in Southampton only had five days to raise the money.

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Across 40 years the organisation has taken nearly 50,000 people to sea, many of whom have physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or faced other challenges in their lives.

The organisation owns and operates two globally unique, purpose-built tall ships that are fully enabled for people with disabilities.

Named Lord Nelson and Tenacious, they are two of the last four remaining UK flagged, square rigged ships on the sea.

Thanks to the incredible support the charity has received, it will be able to carry on its work.

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The response to our emergency appeal has been absolutely amazing. Well over 3,500 people from across the world have already contributed in excess of £1,000,000 and funds continue to come in. From difficult circumstances, this extremely generous support has given our work a much brighter future.

"We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our campaign, both with messages of encouragement and also donations. It has been great to hear from so many people who have been positively impacted by our work across our forty decades of operation. It has reinvigorated the JST family and reinforced the importance of our mission, and why it must continue.”

– Duncan Souster, CEO, Jubilee Sailing Trust