Andrew Simpson Foundation - Official Charity

The charity was founded in memory of the Olympic Gold medallist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE, who died in a tragic training accident in 2013 at the age of 36. Andrew was committed to helping others, providing inspiration and encouragement wherever he could and working with young people to help them develop and excel.

The Foundation seeks to honour Andrew's legacy by using sailing to improve the lives of young people. Through its charitable activities, including the practical delivery of projects as well as grant funding, the Foundation uses the sailing environment to promote health and wellbeing and to help develop personal skills that can improve a young person's ability to succeed in life and work.

Sailing as a sport and/or recreation may not be accessible to all because of financial, physical, learning disability, mental health or social barriers. One of the key principles of the Foundation is to work to break down these barriers.

Up to and including 2017 to date, there have been 45 individual projects delivered and grants pledged, totalling £736,000 across 12 countries. Whilst the big numbers may look impressive, it's often the smaller projects where a Foundation grant being awarded can make the crucial difference between disadvantaged young people getting on the water or not.

ASF at Cowes Week