A CLERGYMAN has been recognised for raising money to send young people from across the north of England on adventurous sailing voyages.
Reverend Fr Malcolm Lockey, Honorary Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers, has been appointed to the board of trustees for Ocean Youth Trust North, the north east’s only youth development and sail training charity. Revd Fr Lockey, a former teacher and youth worker, has been supporting young people to take part in sail training since the mid 1970s and believes today’s education system is not offering enough life-changing opportunities for young people today.
“When I was teaching in the 1970s local education authorities had the resources and the personnel to provide challenging opportunities to young people that they simply do not have today,” he said.
“Nowadays, teachers are faced with a lot of red tape and risk assessment work around adventurous activities and it is a great reassurance for them to be able to work with organisations like OYTN who are experts in this field.
OYTN can find funding and provide the experienced leaders who can engage young people and teach the valuable life skills you learn while sailing a big yacht on the open sea.”
Revd Fr Lockey, priest in charge of Coldstream and regular speaker at Berwick Parish Church, raised £96,000 for Ocean Youth Trust UK between 2010 and 2011 when he served as national president of the 41 Club, an association of former members of the Round Table. OYTN provides young people with the opportunity to sail on James Cook, their purpose built 70-foot 54 tonne ketch.