Captain Tim Davies has sailed his yacht ‘Rever’ into St Peter Port while on a mission to raise awareness of suicide and generate support for bereaved parents.
He is the founder of the Sail2Help programme, which was established to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people.
“I set it up after my eldest son took his life two years ago, with a view to looking after bereaved parents in a similar state,” said Mr Davies.
“Clearly, I can empathise with parents, but I’ve also sailed since I was a little person. And I’ve done a fair amount for charity using sailing as a medium to raise awareness.”
Pictured: Mr Davies will be taking some Guernsey families out sailing while he is in the island.
“The SAIL2HELP programme intends to continue raising the awareness of mental health issues among young people, and importantly raise funds in order to support the UK’s main suicide prevention charity for young persons,” said Mr Davies through his official website.
“In 2021 we were able to donate more than £20,000 to Papyrus.
“In addition, we were able to conduct a six boat "escape" day for a number of nurses from the DMS Joint Hospital Group (South) so that they could have some relief from the evident strain they had been working under in support of the NHS.”
While in Guernsey Mr Davies has liased with the Lieutenant Governor Richard Cripwell and planned several trips out on the water.
“Through the offices of the Lt-Governor we were introduced to the Youth Commission and a [young person].
“Although our aim has always been to help bereaved parents, this year, more than last year, we’ve dealt with children who have not got bereaved parents yet. Building on my own experience and the experience of others, we’re trying to show some people that there is more to life than they might think there is.”
Mr Davies has been coming to Guernsey since 1978 and will be leaving again on Sunday. You can find out more about Sail2Help ONLINE.