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Sense of achievement from accessible voyage

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A team from Barclays has completed a four day sea voyage from Great Yarmouth to Sunderland crewing alongside a group of disabled or disadvantaged people on board the Lord Nelson, one of only two fully-accessible tall ships in the world.

The journey was part of a joint initiative between Barclays and The Jubilee Sailing Trust to navigate round Britain on the ship. It involves over 400 people - including the bank’s employees together with disabled or disadvantaged people - joining the ship’s permanent crew for 11 voyages over two months. Each of the 209 Barclays employees is paired with a ‘buddy’ on the voyage; which is the first of its kind and a major logistical feat. Charities they are raising funds for include Nancy Oldfield Trust, East Anglia Disabled Trust and the Heart Foundation.

Simon Smith, regional director, Barclays Wealth Management, East of England, said: “Volunteering on Lord Nelson was an extraordinary experience for everyone involved and was something incredibly special for us all to be part of. The ethos of the trip was about allowing the whole crew to test themselves in exceptional circumstances and everyone involved gained an overwhelming sense of achievement and pride, which in turn, will impact on our personal and professional lives in the future.” 

He continued: “We know that one in five of us have an impairment and initiatives such as this help to educate and equip everyone involved with the right tools and experience when catering for disabled and disadvantaged people. Living in a diverse society it’s important for us to help raise awareness about our support for existing customers, colleagues and communities, to ultimately create more accessible opportunities for all.”

Duncan Souster, chief executive officer, Jubilee Sailing Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Barclays on this ground-breaking initiative. It is great to see their outstanding and strong commitment to creating more diverse, inclusive communities and to building individual life skills. I am so impressed by the fundraising efforts of their staff to provide this very special opportunity to individuals living within their community.”

Elaine Draper, Barclays director of customer vulnerability & accessibility, said: “Both organizations are committed to creating environments and opportunities which are open and accessible to all – and this event provides a fantastic platform to do something on a national scale, but with local flavour, so that it resonates with the whole community. Accessibility, digital innovation and community engagement are integral to the way Barclays does business and this project has been a fantastic opportunity to bring colleagues together to build a sense of pride in what the bank is doing and the way we do it.”

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