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raised of £100,000 target by 296 supporters

Weʼre raising £100,000 to provide respite care for families affected by the mental health issues of young persons and support Papyrus - a suicide prevention charity.

Hampshire: Winchester & Hamble River.

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Suicide is the biggest killer of under 35s in the UK.

The sail2help programme has been established to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people, and importantly raise funds in order to offer much needed support to such vulnerable people and their families as well as financially supporting Papyrus, the UK’s main suicide prevention charity for young persons, in an attempt to reduce the incidence of suicide.

The enduring programme intends to fund a sustainable 5+ year programme to provide "Sailing Escape" day for those families blighted by the terrible effects of mental health issues, making the waves of grief that usually knock them off their feet less violent.

And, to help introduce young persons to a career in the maritime sector, under Red, White, Blue, or Flagged State Ensign, by partnering with appropriate Service providers and to offer mentoring and/or scholarships as appropriate.


I speak with experience having lost my eldest son George to suicide in the early days of 2020, and my elder brother, Peter some 25 years ago. I know how it feels to lie in bed at night sobbing until you can no longer breathe and that makes me want to help others. I can’t suggest for a moment that it won’t always hurt but sailing in the fresh without responsibility might make it hurt less.


The UK is facing a “mental health pandemic", after the number of people seeking help because of suicidal thoughts tripled since the first lockdown began.

A “Sailing Escape Day” is an opportunity for families and individuals going through really difficult times to leave their gut-wrenching sadness on the dockside, and enjoy the freedom of sailing in the fresh air while leaning into their pain.

AVRO Yachting Ltd, a non-related entity, is providing a flagship yacht - the Dudley Docker for use as a pro bono mobile platform to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people. She will be operated by Fairview Sailing Ltd, as one of the commercially available platforms for the provision of respite days afloat.

In sum, our principal focus, is to garner seed-corn funding for the long term programme and to give Papyrus more money to support their endeavour. I am also seeking additional charitable donations to fund the respite days afloat using alternative charter options along the South Coast.

Once ones child has gone, the ache of failure is enough to almost torment one into following their lead, but that would be failure in itself, and, I am not going to fail. However, I can’t do it alone and need your help, and with your help we can help others avoid the blistering heart ache.

If you are able please donate so that we can continue to support Papyrus financially (say £20, £50, £100 or maybe even more) while providing respite days afloat; and, help introduce young persons to a career in the maritime sector - thank you.


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  • Tim DAVIES2 months ago
    Tim DAVIES

    Tim DAVIES

    2 months ago

    Its Easter, and we have made the £25k milestone - thank you all for your kind and generous support. Our flagship will be arriving shortly and our first two "Sailing Escape" days are scheduled for late May. We have more planned for June and July but we do need additional support. If you are able, please share via your social media network and let's see if we can't hit the next milestone in short order. For those in industry who are dealing with Government Contracts please have a look at PPN 06/20, theme 5 - is all about mental health

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  • Tim DAVIES5 months ago
    Tim DAVIES

    Tim DAVIES

    5 months ago

    We have passed 20% - thank you all. I am in parallel reaching out to seek corporate sponsorship of the sail2help, a programme to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people and raise funds for a number of charities that offer support to such vulnerable people. My focus, at present, is to garner seed-corn funding for the long term programme and further donations for Papyrus. In addition, I am seeking support that would provide for much needed respite days afloat, and boat upgrades for our flagship's immediate commercial use.

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  • Tim DAVIES5 months ago
    Tim DAVIES

    Tim DAVIES

    5 months ago

    Happy New Year. I am delighted to feed back that within a very short period we have raised nearly £20,000 in support of Papyrus. In doing so we have also significantly raised the awareness of their existence and sign posted their HOPELINEUK number via social media. By linking with others who are championing mental health we are slowly reducing the stigma associated with the illness. Once Papyrus acknowledge receipt of our cash donation we can apply retrospective gift aid action provided that you are content that i share your details. Tim

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Page last updated on: 6/10/2021 06.17



  • Keith and Sue

    Keith and Sue

    Jun 10, 2021

  • Anonymous


    May 26, 2021

    From Will Faimatea to Sail2Help


  • Anonymous


    May 14, 2021


  • Howard Crosse

    Howard Crosse

    May 6, 2021


  • Mark Rudd

    Mark Rudd

    Apr 28, 2021


  • Jenny Morgan

    Jenny Morgan

    Apr 27, 2021

    Pob lwc Tim, lots of love. x


  • Robin Taylor-Hunt

    Robin Taylor-Hunt

    Apr 27, 2021

    Tim, this is the first I’ve heard about George; I’m so sorry to hear it. I’m happy to help in a small way.



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Hampshire: Winchester & Hamble River.

A MCA qualified, Tim is entrepreneurial by nature, he sees opportunities in ways that others don’t. He is extremely good with people, and gets the best from them. Extremely personable, and a keen sailor since a very early age, he has been professionally sailing since 2006.

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