Sailing charity, UKSA, based in Cowes, has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by reusing furniture gifted by Every Student, which runs Lucia Foster Welch halls of residence in Southampton.

Following an upgrade to the rooms at the accommodation, Every Student has donated over 80 single mattresses, along with desks and wardrobes, which the maritime charity and RYA training centre can use for live-in students and school pupils staying during residential trips.

Every Student is a student accommodation provider located in Southampton which is committed to providing high-quality accommodation at affordable prices to ensure more students are able to access higher education.

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The furniture, which was destined for landfill, has been brought to the Island by local firm Cowes Movers free of charge as part of the gesture.

Ben Willows, CEO of UKSA said:

“As an organisation, we are continuously looking for ways to be more sustainable and make a difference where we can. We were delighted when Every Student got in touch to offer the furniture it no longer had a need for.

“We provide adventures for 8,500 children and train over 1,500 professional career students to work within the growing global maritime sector, so making their time with us as comfortable as possible is important but not something we always have funding to prioritise. This donation will make a huge difference to some of our rooms which were getting tired.”

Alison McCormack, who manages Lucia Foster Welch, said:

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“We are delighted to have been able to help UKSA by donating furniture that would otherwise have gone to waste following our refurbishment. As a company we recognise our responsibility as a local business to promote sustainability and support local charities such as UKSA.”

Paul Travers from Cowes Movers said:

“It was a huge effort from every single person at Cowes Movers to make sure we could make the move happen for UKSA and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the whole team. We were happy to be a part of such a generous gesture and to take away an additional cost.”

UKSA’s charity work has most recently included seeing the first school complete its Sea.Change Foundation course – a 5-day funded residential programme designed to give youngsters from 14-17, particularly from disadvantaged and deprived areas, the opportunity to experience a wide range of water-based activities alongside classroom-based sessions, where they learn more about career options in the maritime sector.

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UKSA’s funders and partners work closely with the charity to remove both financial and social barriers to enable students from any background to be able to access UKSA programmes and gain life-changing experiences, qualifications and careers.

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