Innovative charity shortlisted for top award

An innovative charity that helps injured veterans by teaching them to sail has been shortlisted for this year’s Cornwall Business Awards.

Shaun Pascoe, a former commanding officer leading medical evacuations in Iraq and Afghanistan, set up Turn to Starboard at Falmouth in Cornwall three years ago.

Now the organisation has taken a massive step forward after been shortlisted for the ‘Best Third Sector Business’ – one of 14 categories up for grabs this year.

More than 300 business leaders are expected to attend the glittering awards ceremony at St Mellion International on May 12, an event organised by the Cornwall Development Company.

Shaun Pascoe said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for these privileged awards. As a not-for-profit charity helping injured veterans from all over the UK, it feels great for our team to be recognised for all their hard work and efforts.”

Turn to Starboard is run by a group of serving and retired Armed Forces personnel, civilian staff and volunteers who believe that sailing has a therapeutic and calming effect on participants. They help military personnel affected by operations to gain sailing qualifications to help start new careers anywhere in the world.

In June, the charity will sail a crew of injured veterans around the British Isles. The Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2016 will see a crew of up to 30 veterans – many with little or no sailing experience – sail aboard a 92-foot replica Tall Ship. The 2000-mile voyage is expected to take 8 weeks and is planned as a way to help participants gain new skills while highlighting the challenges some veterans face.

A full list of the Cornwall Business Award finalists can be found at www.cornwallbusinessawards.co.uk.

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