Setting sail to inspire female students

Posted: 2nd August 2018

Kate Oliver’s sailing experience had consisted of a day on Otley Tarn before she boarded a vessel in Poole for a four-day sea adventure. An article in The Yorkshire Post and a strong desire to help young women had led to Mrs Oliver’s decision to volunteer as a mentor for the trip which pairs students and inspirational women leaders in the unusual setting of sail training. The charity-run project, Leading Lights, run by national charity Ormiston Trust, aims, to inspire the next generation of female business leaders through sailing.

After reading a plea for volunteers on the Leading Lights trip in The Yorkshire Post, Mrs Oliver said she rang the charity straight away for more information.

“I have four children and one stepson and the youngest has just turned 18. I know how challenging it is for people of that age now and I wanted to help. I’ve always adored the sea,” she said.

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