Can you help?

The restoration of Whitstable’s historic Oyster Yawl is progressing well and when completed the 1906 iconic craft will have a ’second life’ of 60 to 80 years because of the high standard of workmanship and the attention being paid to securing the best materials for the task.

The Charity has received considerable 'help in kind’ and more is promised, for which we are very grateful. However there is still a need for a substantial cash-flow. For example, the quarter-sawn larch decking has a projected cost of £6,414. While the many hours of Volunteer time are helping to keep the costs down, we still need to employ the skills of a Shipwright, pay insurance, and meet other overheads such as accountancy and the transport of materials. Then there are the associated community programmes concerned with education, environment, health and the economy, of which you will be aware through this website.

If you have visited the Gamecock while she is being restored on the East Quay of the Harbour I am sure you will have been impressed and felt a sense of pride when you realised what is being achieved and the potential she has for benefitting the community once back in the water. Apart from the obvious boost to the local economy from tourism, the branding of goods, and personal development programmes, 40% of sailings will be reserved for community use. These will be customised sailing programmes that can assist with the personal and social development of the young and any member of the community, of any age, who is disadvantaged or disengaged. The Charity is very keen to work in partnership with other organisations that help meet the needs of local people, such as building self-confidence, resilience, or leadership skills.

Please help move this work forward by donating to the Charity. Whatever you are able to give will be greatly appreciated and together we can create exciting new opportunities for our community.

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Thank you for your generosity. All donors will be recorded and invited to the launch of Whitstable’s iconic oyster yawl.