Projects we Supported in 2013

In 2013, as part of our decision to support causes related to maritime, children and health issues, Clarksons actively supported the following five causes.

Sponsoring two state-of-the-art Rigiflex safety boats for the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre (DSWC) in the Milwall Outer Dock to replace the ageing craft currently in use.

The centre offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing courses for disabled as well as able-bodied participants and runs a weekly youth club and school holiday programmes for local children - many of whom would not otherwise experience watersports.  The two safety boats, named after distinguished former Clarksons' chairmen - Sir Alexander Glen and Sir Carron Greig - will enable the Centre to increase participation in its activities.

Supporting the work of the White Ensign Association.

The Association was formed over 50 years ago to provide advice and assistance to serving and former members of the Royal Navy,  Royal Marines, Reserves and their families on matters such as finance, career transition, welfare and personal problems.  Last year, its full time staff of four handled over 1,000 enquiries.

Helping to fund nearly six months of respite care at Richard House Children's Hospice.

Located in the Borough of Newham, near the Royal Albert Dock and not far from City Airport, Richard House is London's first children's hospice, which began offering home care in 2000 and opened its residential unit in 2002.  The actress Imelda Staunton and footballers Sir Trevor Brooking and Joe Cole are among its patrons.

The School of Hard Knocks.

This is a nationwide charity which uses the game of rugby to help tackle issues like unemployment, crime and health.  Clarksons donation helped the School in a bid to the Women's Sports Trust to pilot a rugby programme for Year 9 girls in the east London area who were disengaged from school and on the cusp of ant-social behaviour.

Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

In the latter part of 2013, in recognition of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, we made donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Sailor's Society in order to support relief efforts.