Support The Matthew on #GivingTuesday!

Posted on 29/11/21 by The Matthew of Bristol

The Matthew of Bristol Trust is one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, the global day of generosity taking place on 30 November. Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to give back to good causes, either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

There are lots of ways you can help to support The Matthew, including purchasing gift vouchers for yourself or a loved one, booking a trip (dates for 2022 to be announced soon!), making an online donation, or even shopping online via Give As You Live or Amazon Smile – you will be making a direct contribution to the support of The Matthew and the maintenance of an internationally significant part of Bristol’s maritime heritage. Along with our volunteers and crew, our commercial income will help to preserve the ship for future generations.

If you would like to donate your time and become a volunteer, we're always looking to recruit new crew members. Find out more about becoming a volunteer here >>

The Matthew of Bristol Trust is a wholly not-for-profit charity – all money raised goes directly to maintaining the ship so that people can continue to visit her and learn about her rich history, old and new.

(1) To acquire, repair, fit out, maintain, enhance and preserve the replica medieval caravel known as The Matthew as a ship of historic interest, and to place the vessel on display alongside a berth, quay, dock or wharf accessible to the public;

(2) To provide educational and training facilities on The Matthew while berthed or on voyages for persons of all ages and capabilities by the preservation, operation and charter of The Matthew as a seaworthy vessel;

(3) To advance education in: 

  • the local and national history and heritage associated with The Matthew, the explorer John Cabot and the exploration and settlement of the New World, including Newfoundland and Labrador
  • maritime history and archaeology
  • shipbuilding and nautical construction skills
  • seamanship, sailing skills and seafaring crafts.

The Trust raises funds for repairs, maintenance and our educational programmes by running trips around Bristol's historic Floating Harbour and down the Avon Gorge. We also hugely rely on the generosity of our visitors to leave a donation when they come on board and explore the ship. 

Take a look at our Support page for more information on how you can help preserve The Matthew of Bristol – a unique piece of Bristol's national and international heritage.