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OYT South bulletin 20th September 2019

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* Staff Skipper Peta Koczy shortlisted for major award

It was announced yesterday that our fantastic staff skipper, Peta Koczy, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Women of the Future Awards in the Community Spirits category.

These awards are to recognise exceptional women under the age of 35, and the Community Spirits Category recognises the extraordinary and varied contributions of traditional “public servants”, charity and volunteer workers, as well as community-spirited young women in business, philanthropic individuals and entrepreneurs leading positive social action: Women of the Future says: "The objective of this Community Spirits category is to celebrate the new, varied generation of community-spirited young women, passionate about making a positive difference."

Peta is one of only five people shortlisted in this category, and the winner will be announced on 7th November. We are all incredibly proud of her!

WOF
Peta

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* BOOK NOW for 2019 AGM curry night
OYT South's AGM will take place on Saturday 9th November - this is normally a VERY short meeting combined with a lively social evening.

The AGM itself will take place on board Prolific in Ocean Village, Southampton - arrivals from 1730, with the meeting itself at 1800. There will then be a review of the year before a curry night.

The curry night will be in Kuti's Brassserie, Southampton. As we'll be a large group we have arranged to have their excellent set buffet, ONLY available to those who book and pay in advance: £20 per head. Please note this advance payment is just for food - you will need to pay for any drinks or a tip on the night. Please book now - we need to give the restaurant an idea of numbers as soon as possible!

Booking form for the curry and all the details about the AGM, including where to find the boat, are available here.

Please note that Peta needs a big team of helpers over the weekend of the AGM to help move kit off the boat in preparation for the refit. Accommodation on board on the night of the AGM will give priority to people who are also helping on the boat. Please email refit@oytsouth.org if you can help on the Saturday or Sunday or both, stating whether or not you are looking to stay on board on the Saturday night.

Please also note that only paid-up members can vote at the AGM (you can join now here).

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* MDL Award Winners at Southampton Boat Show
A great day yesterday at the Southampton Boat Show when we saw some of this year's MDL Award Winners receive their trophies from Lord Iliffe.

These are exceptionally deserving young people who were selected by our major sponsors, Marina Developments Limited, for a voyage in April. It was great to see some of them again and hear how much the voyage had meant to them - as well as meeting some very proud families!

The event also highlights the strength of OYT South's relationship with MDL - not only in sponsoring these young crew members but also in giving Prolific a home, and looking after us in so many other ways. We really wouldn't be able to achieve all we do for young people without MDL's steadfast support over many years!

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* RYS Marine Careers Fair

OYT South had a stand at the Royal Yacht Squadron IW Foundation Marine Careers Fair this week in Cowes, where we met hundreds of school students plus teachers, youthworkers and others. It was a really productive day and we have lots of new contacts to follow up. Big thanks to Marion from our Island Support Group, plus volunteers Ciaran and Charles who joined Caz (and Jo - not pictured!) for the day!

IoW

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Day skipper course available

Mark will be running an RYA Day Skipper course 10-15 November - cost £340. This would be ideal for second mates who so far only have the RYA Watchleader certificate, as well as third mates and bosuns and maybe some new volunteers with reasonable sailing experience. The pre-course requirement is 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht so most people who have done a voyage with us should have covered this; but this is a bare minimum and to pass you are likely to have more experience and you must also have some knowledge of navigation - ideally to the level of Day Skipper theory. If you are interested, email webmaster1@oytsouth.org.

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2020 draft sailing programme
- including possible Tall Ships and Spanish voyages
We have been contacting all our regular clients for their input into our 2020 sailing programme, and although parts of the programme are not yet finalised, we've published the latest draft version here.

You will see that this draft includes some overseas voyages and a Tall Ships race in July and August. We will only go ahead with this part of the programme if we can be confident of filling enough places to make it financially viable - otherwise we will revert to a UK-based programme. We will review bookings and enquiries in the autumn before making a firm decision, so please register now if you are interested. (NB at this stage we are only looking at bookings from young people - NOT sea staff bookings!)

The leg down to Spain and the race from Spain to Dunkirk are twice the length of our standard voyages and therefore relatively expensive. If you would like to take part but can't afford it, please register interest anyway - there is a box on the form to tick if you would like us to contact you if we hear about any funds you may be able to apply for - assuming there are still places left on your chosen voyage at that stage!

Coruna

Coruna

We won't take any firm bookings and payments for overseas voyages until we're sure we have enough interest to go ahead.

If you are interested in a group booking (up to 15 people) or you want to discuss changes to voyage dates, durations or ports to suit your group, please contact caroline.white@oytsouth.org.

For individual bookings, please contact joclark@oytsouth.org who will make a note of your details and availability and let you know when voyage dates are released to individuals. This is because our voyages are divided between group bookings (such as schools) and mixed individual voyages and we need to concentrate individual bookings into a sensible number of voyages - no point ending up with twenty voyages with only two or three people booked on each (not enough to sail the boat). So we will release individual voyages a few at a time once we can start seeing that there is enough interest for the voyage to work. This also gives us a chance to tell people about the likely age range of a voyage before they book - you may not want your 12-year old on a voyage where everyone else is 18!

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* Voyage news
Last week's newsletter left our crew from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust heading for Cowes where Georgia was sent ashore so the crew could decorate the boat for her surprise 21st birthday party! There were lots of tacos and caterpillar cakes! On Friday they sailed back to Ocean Village where the voyage ended at lunchtime after 75 nautical miles. Big thanks to sea staff Peta, Sparky, Charles, Will, Susanna, Millie and Georgia.

The next crew came from New Forest Academy - just 12 to 14 years old but they managed a really ambitious voyage, beginning with a sail to Yarmouth on Saturday and then a 5am start so they could get all the way to Dartmouth on Sunday, enjoying both and amazing sunrise in the morning and a stunning moonrise in the evening!

On Monday morning they had time to go ashore and buy pasties ... some people found a perfect place to eat them:

pasties at sea

Then they sailed round to an anchorage near Tucker's Rock for the night and were able to go ashore to the beach for football and more.

On Tuesday they had a decent sail to Portland with better winds, and on Wednesday they made their way back to Ocean Village where the voyage ended yesterday after 259 nautical miles - a fantastic achievement for such a young crew! 

At sea

At sea

Two people who had been before earned the RYA Competent Crew qualification and the others all got RYA Start Yachting certificates. Big thanks to sea staff Peta, Lee, Andy, Charles, Martin, Lorna and special congratulations to Staff Cadet Georgia who completed her Second Mate's assessment!

Today we have a planned maintenance day - big thanks to Peta, Georgia, Josh, Mark, Barry Walker, Dave Stent, Rod Newnham, Lee Mosscrop, Lorna Tordoff, Oran Ronald, Chalres Kingston, Lauren Mackenzie, Jake Robshaw, Holly Vint, Fred Cole and Keith. Lots of cleaning, painting, refit planning, windlass maintenance, preparation for forthcoming voyages and more!

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2020 adult voyages - including training for current and potential volunteers
Our 2020 programme includes two adult weekend voyages:

27-29 March 2020
9-11 October 2020

Both these voyages start and finish in Southampton and run from 8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Cost is £205 per person and they are open to anyone aged 18+ but particularly suited to volunteers who want a chance to practise your skills without having to supervise young people at the same time - including current volunteers but also adults who are interested in getting involved and want to find out more. Email webmaster1@oytsouth.org to reserve a place.

There will also be a longer adult voyage at some point in 2020 but the date will depend on which voyages are needed by youth groups.

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Some winter refit dates - and core team needed

We haven’t yet finalised plans for Prolific’s winter refit 2019-20, but we do have a few dates for you:

From Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th November we will be starting to set up for refit - clearing the store, moving into the refit house etc. - and we'd really appreciate help, especially from anyone with a car, van or trailer who can help us to move gear.

The weekend of 9-10 November will be a volunteers' weekend when we need to shift loads of gear off the boat and also do a deep clean. Lots of help required!

We're also aiming for a volunteers' weekend 7-8 December.

Key dates including volunteer weekends from January to March 2020 will be published in due course. You can email refit@oytsouth.org if you can help with any of this and we'll get back to you much nearer the time.

Volunteer weekends are arranged so that those of you with jobs or other commitments can still get involved over the winter. Your help really is vital - and for our volunteer sea staff, if we get too many applications to sail on the really popular voyages next year, the people who have helped at refit - or supported the charity in other ways, such as raising money or introducing us to new clients - may find themselves higher on the priority list than people who haven't done so much...

However, our staff team will need more than just casual weekend help over the winter if they are to get through all the work, so we are hoping to recruit a couple of full-time volunteers to join them between November and March as we have done in previous years

If you are planning a gap year, or you are between jobs or for any other reason potentially available for several weeks or months this winter, this could be an ideal opportunity for you. More details here. Plenty of our previous refit volunteers have gone on to great jobs in the marine industry - it really helps to have maintenance experience as well as good sailing skills when applying for sailing jobs! And any refit volunteers who want to sail in Prolific can be offered berths as watchleaders, bosuns, or relief engineers. So it’s a great way of developing useful experience, contributing to a good cause, securing free food and accommodation for a few months, and having a positive experience with a fun group of people. If you’re interested, please read the web page and email us with the details requested at the bottom of the page.

Our current Staff Cadet Georgia was a core refit team volunteer where she impressed us so much that we offered her a full-time paid job; and Danny who has sailed on lots of voyages this season and recently completed his third mate's qualification was also a core team volunteer, so the role really does open doors!

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refit

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Calling all supporters who work in the marine sector!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this initiative so far - including:

  • an offshore surveyor
  • a vessel traffic services operator
  • a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Deck Officer Cadet
  • a dinghy instructor
  • a sail training skipper
  • a renewable fuels trader
  • a tug captain
  • a freelance sailor
  • third officer on a cruise ship
  • the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency!

Have a look here to see what other people have sent in, and then please do write your own!

Whether you work at sea, or you are based ashore doing something with maritime connections, can you help us with some information about how you got into your job and what you actually do?

OYT South sails with hundreds of young people each year and most of them are not aware of the huge range of jobs available in the marine sector. But we know there are jobs at every level of qualifications, skills and experience, from professional seafarers, sailing instructors, marina managers and dockmasters, riggers, surveyors, sailmakers, yacht designers, to specialists in paint or electronics or water systems or engineering. There are people working as managers or admin assistants in the offices of marine companies; there are those who clean or repair boats; there are chefs on cruise ships; there are staff in chandleries; there are coastguards and lifeboat crews; there are lawyers and accountants and insurers specialising in the marine sector; there are marine photographers and artists ... a broader range of careers than we could possibly list.

Our idea is to put together a folder to keep on the boat containing a page each from as many of our friends and supporters as possible, briefly describing any job you currently hold or have previously held, connected to the maritime sector in some way - so that young people who sail with us can leaf through it and get some ideas. It would be left handy for people to browse when off-watch. We're not looking for lots of detail - a page from each person would be fine. Just enough that it might spark some interest and lead a young person to look into things more thoroughly!

If you can help, what we are looking for is:

1) Your job title (and your name if you like, though we are happy to leave this out if you want)
2) A photo of you at work (or of something work-related if you prefer not to appear)
3) How did you get into your current job? What qualifications and experience did you need?
4) What sorts of things might you do in a typical week?
5) What's the best thing about your job?
6) One piece of advice for a young person who might one day like a job like yours?

The target audience might not be anywhere near applying for real jobs - they may just be wondering what GCSE options to take, or what college course to apply for ... and if we can inspire them by showing them some different career options, they can start making choices that set them on the right path.

Email it to caroline.white@oytsouth.org and we'll start putting the folder together.

Please help us to inspire young people. You never know, you might change someone's life! Here are some examples to get you started.

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Vessel Tracking

Don’t forget you can always have a look and see where Prolific is sailing.

If you discover she is in a harbour somewhere near you, please go and say hello. If we’re not too busy with activities with young people, then visitors are generally welcome. You can always call the boat beforehand (07990 518915) to see if there is time for a visit - and sometimes you may be just what we need if you have local information or a bit of time to spare to help with something, or a car for running a quick errand!

Big thanks to the Graham High Charity who sponsor our vessel tracking.

Tracking Prolific

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* Financial appeal
Big thanks this week to Paul Burnett for a very kind donation!

We need a regular flow of funds to cover at least three major areas: bursaries for young people who could not otherwise afford to sail; vessel maintenance and equipment; and staff salaries - please help, or pass on our details to anyone you come across who might make a grant, large or small.

See here for how to make a donation - you can contribute by cheque, phone or PayPal, but please do something if you possibly can. Don't forget that if you complete and return a Gift Aid form (pdf) we can claim back tax on your donation.

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Online fundraising - are you helping us raise funds?

We've been mentioning Easyfundraising in this newsletter for a while but we know a lot of our supporters haven't tried it, so we just wanted to highlight how easy it is! All it takes is to go to Easyfundraising and sign up (which is extremely quick and simple). If you want (it's entirely up to you) then you can even install a donation reminder on your web browser so that whenever you do a search for online shopping, you'll see whether each seller offers donations and how much (it's still up to you whether to take a donation for any particular transaction) - and it won't cost you a penny:

easyfundraising

If, instead of doing a search, you go direct to a seller's website, you may get a popup showing that donations are available:easyfundraising

There are really significant donations available for some larger purchases such as flights and hotels, and it still doesn't cost you anything. Some charities are making substantial amounts of money through easyfundraising, so please try it if you can.

There's no cost to you, and all it does is remind you of donations available so you can't forget it when you shop online - you can still opt out any time you like.

OYT South is also registered with Amazon Smile which makes donations to us when people shop - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price on eligible purchases. If you ever shop with Amazon, do have a look - once you pick Ocean Youth Trust South as your chosen charity and start using https://smile.amazon.co.uk, you don't need to do anything further, and all your other Amazon account settings remain unchanged.

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Chris Ellis Award - win up to £500
off the price of your next voyage
Now open for 2019 entries.

If you enjoy a voyage with OYT South and want to come again (and are aged 12-25), please think about entering for this award. You can win up to £500 off the price of another voyage, by sending in an account of a voyage you have already done with us. It can be a logbook, diary, story, pictures, video - anything which gives the judges an idea of why you had a good time and would like to come again. The prize is judged at the end of each season and the award can be spent on a voyage the following year. Entries should be emailed to webmaster1@oytsouth.org  or posted to the office. See here for more details of this award, which was set up in memory of the charity's founder. You can also see some previous winning entries.

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Youth Trustee - speaking up for young people

OYT South has a rule that at least one member of the Board of Trustees - which runs the charity - should be in the same age range as the young people who sail with us. The current Youth Trustee is Lauren Mackenzie, aged 19. Lauren first sailed with us for her gold DofE and quickly started volunteering with us, qualifying as a watchleader as soon as she was old enough and then being upgraded to second mate last September. She is currently in her first year at university, studying maths at Oxford.

Lauren is in a position to speak up for young crew members, suggest changes in the way the charity operates or to do anything else which will improve the experience of the young people who sail with us. If you are a young person and you have ideas or suggestions for how we can do better, and you want to talk to someone close to your own age, you can contact Lauren. If you’re not happy with something and want to know what to do about it, you might want to start by talking to Lauren. If you want to get more involved - whether by just doing another voyage, or by training as a volunteer - Lauren can point you in the right direction. You can email her at laurenmackenzie@oytsouth.org.

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RYA courses with SeaRegs

Occasional OYT South relief skipper Simon Jinks's company SeaRegs is now offering RYA practical coursers on a regular basis. This year they have a monthly programme of both Sail and Power Yachtmaster weeks and Day Skipper weeks, as well as both classroom based and online theory courses. A 10% discount is available for booking both a theory course and a practical course.

Contact Vicky Jinks admin@searegs.co.uk if you are interested - please DON'T reply to the OYT South staff via the bulletin for this one!

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Branded clothing
OYT South branded clothing available - please see here. You can buy hoodies (in a wide range of colours), fleeces, short- and long-sleeved t-shirts, baseball caps, beanie hats, polo shirts and more, all with OYT South's logo!

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From youth crew to volunteer
Have you recently done a voyage as a young crew member, enjoyed it, and been told by the skipper or any of the other sea staff to think about coming back as a volunteer on board? This is how many of our watchleaders and bosuns started, and it’s a great opportunity for getting years of very cheap sailing, plus something impressive to add to your CV, college or job applications. If you start volunteering with us and do well, you could gain invaluable experience in leading and motivating teams, looking after safety issues, taking responsibility and more - especially if you end up volunteering on some of our voyages with highly disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

If you’ve had a recommendation from the skipper, it’s still really up to you to decide whether you are keen and ready to take this step - moving from being a young crew member who can be looked after and supported by the sea staff, into a position of responsibility where you will be looking after other people and responsible for helping to deliver a successful voyage to others, and accepting that this can involve hard work - though we hope our volunteers also have plenty of fun! Junior volunteers will still get support and advice from more experienced sea staff, but you really have to be ready to get stuck in when there are things to do and your effort can help make the difference to keeping the boat working smoothly and ensuring that another group of young people has the best possible experience.

But the next stage is really up to you. There are plenty of young people who impress us on voyages each year, but the ones who get to come back for more voyages, training and qualifications are the ones who show a real interest and make the effort to keep in touch - we simply don’t have the time to chase all of you individually if we don’t hear from you. Reading this weekly newsletter is vital - you will see when we are advertising for trainee mates or bosuns, or offering courses, or asking for help with maintenance or other events. You may also sometimes see that we have a short-notice vacancy for a crew berth - if we can’t fill the place with a paying customer, offering it as a cut-price or even free place to a new potential volunteer whom we know will be an asset to the team is much better than sailing with an empty berth. So if you are keen, PLEASE read the bulletin and don’t be afraid to reply and ask questions - if you’re not sure whether an opportunity is suitable for you or not, or if there might be age restrictions, just ask. We really do want to hear from you!

If you read this newsletter regularly, you will see that the period for sending in bids for volunteer berths is generally from November to early January. There's no point sending in bids until we ask for them as we won't be taking bookings any earlier - but every year we get a few people who haven't read the newsletter and don't start thinking about summer sailing until the new year is well underway - only to find that volunteer berths in school and college holidays are already booked up.

And one more thing ... if you are mature enough to be thinking about making the step up into volunteering, then you should really be contacting us yourself. It doesn't quite create the same impression if you get your mum to do it ...!

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Raise And Sail - website for anyone looking to raise money to come sailing
Raise And Sail is a section of this website full of ideas, information and support for young people who would like to raise money in order to come sailing with us. Huge thanks to Fiona Keen and Emma Burrows for putting Raise And Sail together. We hope you will find it useful - let us know how you get on as we can add success stories and new ideas to the site in due course.

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Online navigation training for volunteers and young people
OYT South has been offering basic navigation training through the RYA's Essential Navigation & Seamanship course - do have a look and sign up if you want the qualification.

For those of you who want something a little more advanced, one of our relief skippers, Simon Jinks, is offering online distance learning systems for the theory courses for Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean. Simon is a great sailor and a top instructor so this is very highly recommended. Details here. He is also offering a one-day Weather for Sailors course. Please note that Simon's website also includes Essential Navigation and the PPI course, both of which OYT South can offer in-house.

With our own courses and Simon's we now have navigation courses to suit everyone from total beginners right up to the most advanced level - please give it a go and do ask for advice if you are not sure which course is right for you.

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Keep in touch with other OYT South people
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oytsouth - please do give us a Like! If you were friends with John Laing on our old page (https://www.facebook.com/johnlaingsailing please do move to the new page now.

We are also on Twitter @oytsouth so please follow us!

And Instagram @oyt_south

And LinkedIn Ocean Youth Trust South

Please note that OYT South has a policy that our adult staff and volunteers should not make or accept individual online friend requests with crew members aged under 18, or vulnerable adults. Crew members can use the sites to stay in touch with the boat and with each other, but not with individual staff and volunteers.

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New readers' welcome and introduction
If you have recently registered your interest in OYT South, welcome to our newsletter, which is sent out almost every week, normally on a Friday, and is also copied onto the website.

If you have just started receiving this newsletter by email, it is because we believe you have signed up and consented to receive it - perhaps by emailing us to ask for it, completing a form on our website, or adding your email address to the book on board where people can sign up to receive news, as well as leaving comments. If this was a mistake or you simply decide you want to stop receiving the newsletter, just press “reply” to the email and write UNSUBSCRIBE at the top, or email webmaster1@oytsouth asking to unsubscribe.

Each week the newsletter includes a wide range of news from the boat and from the charity, including details of voyages available for young people; adult voyages; opportunities for adult volunteers both ashore and afloat, and much more. We find that while some people read the bulletin almost every week, many others dip in and out, and read it when it's convenient - which is why some items are repeated. New items are marked with an asterisk * so that if you did read it last week, you can see which sections you can safely skip.

Please feel free to join in any OYT South activities - nothing here is restricted to long-standing members or people who already know one another. New people are always very welcome!

If you need an introduction to the work of OYT South, you should find a lot of useful information on our website. But essentially, we are a registered charity (no. 1079959) which exists to offer adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, from the widest possible range of backgrounds. A high proportion of our young crew members are disadvantaged or deserving in some way: many of these sail in groups organised by other charities, youth clubs, special schools and so on, and will fill the bulk of our term-time voyages. But those from more fortunate backgrounds are also welcome to sail, either in groups or by coming as individuals on a mixed voyage. Every year we run a variety of shorter local voyages plus longer adventure trips - sometimes including Tall Ships races during the summer holidays. If you are aged 12-25 and hoping to sail as a crew member, take a look here - and this section is also useful for adults who are thinking of organising a voyage for a young person. Adults planning to organise a full group voyage should also see here. Adults who want to sail themselves should see here.

We have a professional staff skipper and engineer, but our watch leaders are normally all volunteers, who combine sailing skills with an interest in working with young people. You can find more information here - how the system works, how to join, and profiles of existing staff and volunteers.  

To volunteer for OYT South ashore, please see here. To help with the vessel's annual refit, see here.

It is a very expensive business maintaining a boat, running an office and employing staff. If you want to help us, please become a member of OYT South. Or see here for information on making a donation.

If you have any questions, please do email - or contact the office.

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“To be honest I never wanted to come, but I'm glad I did because I have learnt and seen so much!" Charlotte

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