High Sheriff’s Special Award for Work in the Environment

East was shortlisted at the High Sheriff’s Award Ceremony that was held on 23rd March 2017 at Snape Maltings for a Special Award for Work in the Environment.
This was for our Discoverer’s Project where we take young people with learning difficulties from local schools sailing, and with our partners Suffolk Wildlife Trust, investigating the flora and fauna in Levington Creek and the banks of the river Orwell.
Each of the three shortlisted organisations was interviewed in front of an audience of approximately 300. I was able to explain our Discoverer’s Project. The interviewer said that he was impressed that we were able to take disabled people sailing and asked me to explain how we transferred our sailors from their wheelchairs to our fleet of keelboats. I was also able to tell them about our visually impaired sailors.
EAST did not win the award but we were Highly Commended.
The following email was received from Julian Roughton, Chief Executive, Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
“Congratulations on East Anglian Sailing Trust being short-listed for the High Sheriff’s Awards – a tremendous achievement given the competition even if EAST didn’t get the chance to take away the award!
I didn’t have the chance to thank you on the night but it is very good of you to highlight the partnership between our two organisations at Levington. I know Cathy really enjoys working with EAST and it has been an opportunity we have appreciated. The High Sheriff’s event was a great chance to highlight our collective work to a wider audience so thank you for doing so!”