Swan Trust cancels 2020 trips due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

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25 April 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, resultant government restrictions and event cancellations, the Swan Trust has cancelled all 2020 sailing trips, but are hoping to reschedule many to next year. To protect its volunteers, the Trust has also cancelled maintenance sessions and regular meetings for the time being, and hope to resume these as soon as restrictions allow.

David Goodlad, Chair of the Trust, explains more: “We are very disappointed to have to take these decisions, but the most important thing is to keep everyone safe, and ensure the Trust is in a financial position to offer sailing trips again in 2021. We know we are not alone in having to cancel all of our commercial income potential this year. These are very difficult times and our thoughts and best wishes go out to every organisation and individual who is affected.

We are incredibly proud to work with the community of Shetland, and the work we do to both keep our heritage alive and offer life changing experiences for our current and future generations. Whilst 2020 will be a very challenging year, we hope it is not too long before we are bringing our community together again, whether on a sailing trip, as part of our volunteer base or through community events and projects.

The Trust has refunded all its customers and hopes to reschedule many of the trips planned for this year to next, which will be advertised on their website as they are confirmed.

Mr Goodlad added: “We would like to thank everyone who helped organise, and volunteered to crew, our 2020 trips - hopefully we will reschedule many of these to next year. We are also very grateful for all the support the Trust has received from its volunteers, customers, sponsors and other funders.”


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