Inspired by our clients and by our professional responsibility as a business, we decided during the COVID pandemic to set up the Digital Yacht Foundation. The charitable Foundation sets out to deliver help and support to the maritime sector, particularly environmental and education causes. It is important to us that we not only design, manufacture and market products but also think about ways we can give back to the community.
Having reached out to a few different charities, we have now partnered up with five of them. We hope that you agree that these charities, which you can read more about below, are worthwhile causes and are ones that deserve our engagement and support.
A Foundation sets rather a grand stage, but from little acorns grow oak trees and Digital Yacht is coming up with some innovative ways to raise money for the Foundation. We have now partnered with Ocean Bottle: if you buy an award-winning bottle made from recycled stainless-steel for £35, then Digital Yacht will donate that £35 straight to the Foundation (each Ocean Bottle purchased also funds the collection of 1,000 ocean-bound bottles). We have also asked our customers to send us photographs of their Digital Yacht products ‘in situ’, to help others visualise how to install them. If you could spare two minutes and take a quick snap and email to firstname.lastname@example.org then we will make a donation to the Digital Yacht Foundation on your behalf.
At the upcoming Boat Shows later this year we will be offering raffle tickets to customers at the stand with exciting prize draws, so we encourage you to come and try your luck then!
And now, some more about our chosen charities…
Firstly, there is The Cirdan Sailing Trust, a unique charity which offers 33,000 young people from across the UK with self-development, integration and learning opportunities through the challenge of life at sea aboard their large sailing vessels. Read more about what they do here.
We are also supporting The Ocean Cleanup with its ambitious mission of removing 90% of floating plastic from the oceans by 2040; The Seafarers’ Charity, which gives grants to maritime charities and brings life-changing impact for many who work at sea and their families; Vega 1892 – a charity which the founder of Digital Yacht, Nick Heyes, has long-admired – whose mission is to donate tools and supplies to remote island communities in Eastern Indonesia and East Timor and finally the 1851 Trust, a charity that creates exciting educational experiences for 11–16-year-olds and works to empower young people with cutting-edge science and technology.
Please do get in touch with us if you have any comments, questions or fundraising ideas – and in the meantime please visit The Digital Yacht Foundation!