Jake Bate, a member of the Old Etonian Lodge No. 4500, is running the London Marathon on 22nd April 2012 to raise money for The AHOY Centre, a Deptford-based charity, which runs sailing and rowing courses for people with disabilities, and for young people from local boroughs.
Working closely with local police and councils to identify young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs or criminal activity, The AHOY Centre offers them the chance to learn new skills and to participate in watersports activities in return for maintaining attendance in school and abiding by a strict code of behavior.
Jake explained: “The centre has an amazing success rate at inspiring disadvantaged young people to find a productive outlet for their energy and enthusiasm. Many go on to complete nationally-recognised RYA sailing instructor courses and end up giving up their own time to volunteer at the centre on a regular basis.”
You can support The AHOY Centre by sponsoring Jake via his mydonate page.