The Salt Marsh Walking Company's first partnership is with Whitstable Maritime. This important charity is close to my heart as my dad has had a passion for shipping and the sea all his life and was also the Watch Officer at Dover Coastguard for many years. My Grandpa built a boat in the 70's which still remains in out family and is moored at Oare Creek near Faversham . I also had Great Great Uncles who were sailors and travelled the world, so the Whitstable Maritime is something I feel very proud to be part of.
Gordon Vincent is the founder and at the moment is heavily involved in restoring a Oyster Yawl called The Game Cock. This beautiful boat was actually build on Whitstable beach in the early part of the 1900's by the Collar Brothers and there is an alley off the beach named after them on the site of the boatyard where the Game Cock was built.
Rescued from the mouth of Oare Creek she was taken by sea to Whitstable Harbour where she is being lovingly restored on the far side of the harbour by Deadman's Corner by skilled volunteers and when finished will become a huge part of the Whitstable Community and all visitors.
Another part of Whitstable Maritime is their Oyster Trail which runs from Long Rock in Swalecliffe to The Sportsman in Seasalter. This walk has been made official by Natural England and information leaflets can be picked up from shops in the high street with a map of the walk and QR codes telling you all about historical points of interest and birdlife along the way.
For more information on Whitstable Maritime and to make a donation to this charity go to www.whitstablemaritime.org.uk .
The Salt Marsh Walking Company gives 5% of their annual profit to Whitstable Maritime.
My second partnership is with my lovely friend Reb. We have known each other for years and through lockdown we both made the big decision to start new businesses to do something we love and feel passionate about. Reb's business is Called Love Ahimsa.
Love Ahimsa is a collaborative working with charities, and individuals under the framework of ‘ahimsa’, ‘to do no harm’. They support charities and indivudals who are most in need of support, nurturing and inspiration. They connect these charities and individuals to their inspiring partners to collaborate with Love Ahimsa and deliver unique in person and remote events, as well as providing ongoing support. They collaborate with each individual or charity to look at their needs and how their partners can best support them.
Im already working with Sateda ( a charity helping women in domestic violence) through Reb and Im taking out a group of employee's on my nature and history walk in Seasalter. 15% of money I make through collaborations with Love Ahimsa go to Choose Love and Care4Calais .
Im so excited to be working with Reb and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us. For more information about Reb's beautiful business go to www.loveahimsa.co.uk