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The Harriet Trust has its beginnings in the creative and generous hands of the artist and sculptor, Josefina de Vasconcellos who drew inspiration for her work from the beauty of the natural world.

Josefina Alys Hermes de Vasconcellos (26 October 1904 – 20 July 2005) was a sculptor of Brazilian roots but who lived in Cumbria for much of her working life. Her most famous work includes Reconciliation, Holy Family , Mary and Child  and Nativity.

In 1975, Josefina was instrumental in the founding of The Harriet Trust, on the shores of the Duddon Estuary at Millom within a specially adapted, former fishing trawler.

What do you do with a beached trawler at the end of it's life? This was the question that The Harriet Trust answered with a resounding 'Let's do something different!'

To this end, this grand old twin masted ketch was bought by the Harriet Trust and, following an extensive fit out that was completed in 1983, it become a static facility for disabled children and young people. The aim was to provide sea and country holidays on the coast of Cumbria, overlooking the Duddon Estuary.

For many years, the Harriet provided a wonderful haven for children, with the inspiring backdrop of the Cumbrian fells adding to the experience for countless young people.

While this second life of the Harriet ketch is now over, the driving passion behind this initative remains alive and today, the Harriet Trust still looks for opportunities to give life enriching experiences for children who might otherwise be denied them through financial obstacles.

Today, the Harriet Trust looks to continue the commitment of Josefina to young people, to education and to the beauty of the Lake District area.  We aim to support school age, young people in accessing educational experiences that might otherwise be denied to them.

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