Smiles Whatever the Weather Thanks to People's Postcode Trust
30 July 2012
The young people sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust need not worry about the British weather this summer, after charity lottery People’s Postcode Lottery awarded them funding for new sets of waterproofs and life jackets.
The People’s Postcode Lottery, a grant-giving body which is funded entirely by the players, gave the Trust a cheque for £5,817.60, which was presented to the Trust’s patron and founder Ellen MacArthur.
Speaking about the funding, Ellen said “We are delighted to have been given such a generous grant for new kit. It means so much to The Trust and will allow us to continue to support young people from all over the UK with their recovery from cancer. A huge thank you to everyone at the People’s Postcode Lottery!”
This is the second year the Trust has received funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, last year they were awarded £10,000 to purchase their own van, for transporting the young people, crew and kit around safely.
This year the Trust was able to purchase 20 life jackets and 22 full sets of waterproofs. This equipment is essential to the Trusts trips, ensuring the young people have a safe and enjoyable experience whilst on board the yachts and stay protected from the elements.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a charity that supports young people aged 8-24 in recovery from all forms of cancer. Launched in 2003 by Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Trust’s main activity is taking young people on four-day sailing trips to help them rebuild their confidence, giving the young people a chance to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Each young person has the challenge to help sail the yachts, and are encouraged to work as a team by getting involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the activities of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. We know the funding has gone a long way to help them continue their great work, making a difference to young lives.”