We’re delighted to report that, thanks to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, Boleh will again provide sailing for children of active Service personnel and their families. Last year Boleh sailed just short of 100 Service schoolchildren and this year, with the funding so generously provided, we hope this popular and successful programme could reach 150. These young people come from Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust schools and the aptly named organisation ‘Pompey Military Kids’ which covers Portsmouth and Southsea.
The children’s benefit from the day at sea in Boleh is tangible. As the local Families Engagement Officer put it “Apart from thoroughly enjoying themselves, they share experiences and express their feelings with those who understand their way of life, helping inform school staff about the Military lifestyle and its challenges, so enabling them to support the children better at school.” Our picture shows Service children and teachers from Wimborne Primary School describing their Boleh adventure to HRH the Princess Royal, the RN&RM Charity’s Patron, on the occasion of her re-commissioning of Boleh in 2022.