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Update 31st December

Posted by RichardMartin on December 31, 2015

Dear All,

The December supporters monthly draw took place recently and CW from Ivybridge won first prize of £53.00 . Just as importantly, this month’s draw also raised £132.50 towards the ship’s costs. Thank you to everyone helping with this fund raiser. If you haven’t signed up then please do asap – we need all the financial help you can give. Draw forms are found by following a link on the home page of the website. www.egremonttrust.org.uk Please email me if you need the forms printing off and posting to you.

2015 comes to a close with many of us heaving a sigh of relief! That said we finish the year on a bit of a high and look forward to an exciting 2016.

It very much looks like Egremont is here to stay –good news for thousands of children, good news for Salcombe and good news for all Egremont supporters and wellwishers. The senior team from Penzance dockyard came to see Egremont three weeks ago to check/update the specifications for the ship’s drydocking next spring. There were no surprises and overall they believe that the 45 day “Stabilisation Project” at the yard will make a significant improvement to the ship and return her to Salcombe in sound condition for many years to come. Although all the financial arrangements for the whole Egremont project are not signed off yet, I have no reason to think they will not be in due course. This is very good news with more to follow.

The Egremont Trust needs financial support from everyone who wants to see the ship stay in the harbour. The funding of the ship to go to drydock does not mean that there is no need for anyone to do anything more – the ship will not be fully operational and income earning until 2017 and the 2016 running costs need to be funded – please help if you can.

Preparations for Egremont to go to sea – there is quite a lot of work to be done and I will send out a programme of working party dates early in the New Year.

Thanks as always for your support.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and achieving 2016

Richard

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