Charity & Community Work


We are often asked if we can help charities and good causes. While we recognise there are many good causes out there we are only a small business with limited resources and we simply can not help everyone, so we sometimes have to decline. We will usually give priority to organisations or causes that fulfill one or more of the following criteria;

  • UK based charities supporting children, facing extreme neglect, abuse, poverty or violence
  • UK based charities supporting children who require medical help that is not usually available under the NHS
  • UK based charities who aims are to prevent or alleviate the effects of life-threatening illness
  • Individuals suffering from a terminal condition and whose chances of longer term survival will be considerably increased if they receive assistance
  • Life boat charities whose mission is to reduce/prevent the loss of life at sea
  • Charities that offer support and/or respite to the families; of those suffering from terminal illness or to those who have recently lost a family member

We are more likely to help individuals and organisations based in the geographic areas we operate in (Southampton/Solent and various Caribbean Islands). We are unlikley to support projects where part of the sponsorship money will be used by the fund-raiser to pay for their own activity (for example a sponsored parachute jump where the first £200 pays for the jump and the charity only receives funds over and above that).

Our 2017 / 2018 charity partners are

Sail 4 Cancer

Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. The charity also makes grants to cancer care centres and supports research into the positive effects of exercise (e.g. sailing) and how it can help prevent cancer and aid recovery post diagnosis. 

From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer your life is taken over by hospital visits, treatments, tests, uncertainty, and often, financial worries. For a day or a week, Sail 4 Cancer takes cancer patients and their families away from the disease and the nightmare that they are living through and offers them the chance to rebuild relationships, create positive memories and have some quality fun time together.

Southampton Children's Hospital Charity

Southampton Children's Hospital Charity helps to enhance the care and treatment of children at University Hospital Southampton.They raise money and provide financial support to areas of the hospital service that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding. Stormforce Coaching are specifcally supporting the  Children's Emergency and Trauma Department Appeal. with our own appeal Race 4 Southampton Children's Hospital. Having joined the 100 Club we and 99 other organisations/groups each have a target of raising £10,000 by the summer of 2018. Together the 100 Club aims to fund half of the £2M project.

GAFIRS Lifeboat

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Resecue Service (GAFIRS) is an independent lifeboat and inshore rescue service that was founded in 1969. As a declared facility to the UK Coastguard, they provide emergency lifeboat cover to the Eastern Solent and Portsmouth Harbour. The crews live normal lives just like you. However, when the Coastguard activate them on pager call out, they drop everything at a moment’s notice and respond to people in distress; 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in all weathers.

On average GAFIRS responds to 100 incidents per year. These vary from towing stricken vessels away from danger, all the way to providing life saving first aid to critically injured casualties. Time and time again their crews have been awarded national commendations for their life saving services to the community. All crew and shoreside support are volunteers and the whole operation is funded 100% by donations from the public. If you or your family go boating in the Eastern Solent you should view a donation to GAFIRS as part of your insurance policy!

A selection of some previous Fund Raising Events & Charity Partners 

  • Sponsored walk- Walk the Wight by our Accounts Director, Becky raising funds for the RNLI
  • Provision of free 3-day HSE First Aid at Work Training for local school teachers
  • Provision of free sailing session for local scout group children who had not previously been sailing
  • Some of our Fastnet Crews have raised money for Sail 4 Cancer through sponsorship
  • Loan of space on our boat show stand to the RNLI for them to sell memberships from
  • Donation of multiple sailing and powerboat courses for numerous charity auctions and charity raffles, proceeds going to
  • Stormforce Rigging Challenge at London Boat show- all donations and entry fees went to the London Sailing Project (now Rona Sailing Project)
  • Member of the RNLI Ambassador Scheme, introducing our customers to RNLI membership
  • Provision of free training courses to former Cowes Inshore Lifeboat (now part of the RNLI)

 

Our most successful fund raising to date was Race for Dodger

Dodger’s story was particularly heart wrenching.

In early 2015, Dodger Reilly was three years old and suffering from medulloblastoma cancer. He had already had several procedures including a tumor removed from his brain; he was going through chemo but things did not look good. The cancer was present in his CSF (cerebrospinal fluid). His family’s only real hope was for him to have proton therapy treatment, which was not available in the UK, so would involve him travelling abroad. 

Dodger's family had to pay for this treatment off their own back, they had nothing, but the cost was around £90,000. They had to raise this money from charitable donations and fund raising events. It was a horrible situation and the clock was ticking. Stormforce Coaching wanted to help Dodger’s family ensure that Dodger received the care he needed and that he lived. 

RACE FOR DODGER

We therefore devoted all income from our entry into the 2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to Dodger’s cause. That meant every penny the public spent with us on this event went to Dodger. With time running out, it was literally a race to raise the funds. 

HOW DID WE DO THIS THIS?

The professional race skipper, Doug Innes and first mate, Tom Marsh gave their time and expertise for free. Stormforce Coaching made use of its database and marketed the event directly to its customer base. Meanwhile Stormforce also contacted clubs, other centers and made full use of its network. Stormforce Coaching underwrote all overheads, fuel, gas, berthing, customs, flights for the 2 staff, meals, insurance, regatta damage etc. Terry of Airport Specialist Taxis (Petersfield) also offered to help, they provided the skipper and mate's UK transfers free of charge. The Heinaken Regatta organisers kindly waived the entry fee.

THE RESULT

The message was simple. “You pay us, you get to go racing in the Caribbean, we give the money to a young boy, this saves his life.”

With your help we raised £14,760. Dodger’s family and friends raised the rest. Dodger visited Germany and received the life saving treatment he so desperately needed and is now leading a normal life having beaten cancer. Thank you to all those who helped us, you genuinely helped save a young boy’s life and gave a family their son back.

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