Eric Twiname Trust
The Trust was set up in an informal way in 1980 by Eric Twiname’s father Alec, in order to perpetuate Eric’s memory and to enable his many and diverse sailing interests to continue.
At first the Trust responded to calls for funding from many areas, including round the world yachtsmen, disabled sailors and Olympic campaigns, Alec paying the grants out of his own pocket. However, a more formal approach emerged with the formation in 1991 of a Charitable Trust, with the concentration on youth sailing, and especially on racing. Alec Twiname settled an amount of capital to the Trust, which was invested to provide a steady annual income. Since 1980 the Trust has provided over £750,000 for deserving causes.
Aim of the Trust
The objects of the Trust are to assist in the organisation and provision of facilities which will enable and encourage young people in full time education at schools or universities in the United Kingdom to sail or race. One of the Trust’s aid criteria is that as many people as possible should benefit from a donation. In following its objectives the Trust provides much needed money for deserving causes, helping young sailors who might otherwise be unable to fulfil their ambitions – whether it be assisting clubs to purchase boats, or providing the means to assist in the organisation of an event.
The emphasis is directed towards youth, for whom sailing can be prohibitively expensive, with sympathetic consideration always being given to applications that would not attract sponsorship or aid from other organisations such as the Sports Council or the RYA. Over the years there cannot be many young sailors who have not been helped in some way by the Trust, and it is rewarding to see former young beginners, first appearing on Optimist courses or sailing in Regional finals, appearing in National Olympic teams and even winning Olympic medals (Ben Ainslie and Sarah Webb being notable examples).
Applications to the Trust
Any group may apply for aid. The Trust is very approachable – an e-mail or a simple handwritten letter is usually all that is required – although further information about the project may be requested.
Address your letter to:
The Eric Twiname Trust
26 Ashcombe Avenue
Tel: 07767 262561
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can use the online application form on the Eric Twiname website.
Article Published: January 06, 2011 12:08
Article Updated: March 15, 2013 12:04