A children’s sailing charity based in Plymouth has received a welcome cash boost – thanks to the fund raising efforts of property professionals in the city.

The Plymouth Area Property Professionals Association (PAPPA) has presented a cheque for £2,000 to Horizons Children’s Sailing Charity, which aims to help disadvantaged and disabled children by offering them water based activities. 

Simon Mace, the charity’s Operations Director, accepted the cheque from Ben Dreher and Natalie Ebsworth, current and former chairs of PAPPA respectively, at the Horizon’s HQ in Richmond Walk.

A delighted Simon said “Like all charities we rely on donations to keep delivering the programme of activities that children from the inner city areas of Plymouth would not normally get access to.

“This money will help us give deserving children a real life enhancing experience and I cannot thank all those associated with PAPPA enough for this kind donation. It will make a real difference.”     

Horizons Children’s Sailing Charity was formed in 1991 with aim of building links with communities, schools and families in areas of social deprivation in Plymouth to offer a range of sailing activities.

Every year, the charity runs more than 3,000 individual sessions for young people aged 8 – 19 who are able to improve their social and practical skills, as well as increase self- confidence.

Horizons Children’s Sailing Charity is one of PAPPA’s adopted charities and raised the majority of the money at its annual charity golf tournament, held at Yelverton Golf Club in June last year.

A total of 13 teams, made up of PAPPA members and guests, battled it out at the event, helping to raise money for charity at the same time.

Natalie Ebsworth, of Maitlands Estate Agents, said: “Horizons is a charity that makes a real impact on young lives and I am glad PAPPA has been able to help them continue their brilliant work.”

Ben Dreher, Director at Mansbridge Balment Plymouth, said PAPPA will be raising money for Horizons again this year.

“In a city that prides itself on a rich maritime history and boasts such wonderful coastline, it’s so important that everyone, regardless of means and social status, has the opportunity to experience it,” said Ben.

“Thanks to Horizons Children’s Sailing Charity, some of the most deserving young people in our great city can – and we are delighted our members have been able to do their bit to help make that happen.”