20 September 2022

Making a difference in Scotland

Edinburgh put on a September show to remember as Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Trust celebrated a day of making a difference in Scotland’s capital.

The Trust team lined up at people's Postcode Lottery offices

With the Trust’s Ambition to support more young people who have a cancer diagnosis across the UK, the team decamped to Edinburgh say ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s helped 520+ young people get on the water this summer and meet others who could help make even more possible into the future.

With our base in Largs, on Scotland’s west coast, set to welcome more young people than ever from 2023 onwards, building the Trust’s supporter base north of the border will be key to achieving that goal.

Spreading the word

Dame Ellen, with CEO Frank Fletcher and volunteers, Wen and Kirstie, who were supported by the Trust after treatment, hosted a number of talks and Q&As across the city, as invited guests discovered how they could make a difference to helping more young people from across Scotland and the north of England sail in Largs.

The team also visited the headquarters of People’s Postcode Lottery, to thank the team and players who have made so much possible since they started supporting the Trust in 2010. This includes setting up the Largs base almost 10 years ago and funding the two specially-adapted 45ft yachts, Caledonian Hero and Solent Hero.

Ellen MacArthur and team presenting in EdinburghScottish support

Lindsay Nehorai, Fundraising Manager, said: “It was so wonderful to meet so many great people and have the chance to talk about what we want to achieve from Largs over the next three years.

“Our Largs base presents a real chance to grow the number of young people who could benefit from Trust support, and the generosity of our Scottish supporters will underpin that growth.

“We’re grateful to everyone who gave up their time to come to hear the talks, ask questions and meet the team. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.”

Thanks to East Lothian-based McInroy & Wood for supporting the evening event.