Clipper Round the World Race
As if preparing for A-Levels isn’t hard enough, Ellen O’Brien has also decided to take part in the Clipper Round the World Race, balancing her studies with sail training for the Australian leg of the route.
She and her family have been big supporters of the Trust for years now, and already Ellen has raised a mighty £2,200, all the while getting ready for 21 days at sea this holiday season, including Christmas and New Year.
“My life has well and truly been turned upside down and I couldn’t be more grateful for the crazy fun experiences I have had over the course of this year.
“I really have been living my total best life out in the deep blue, at times totally terrified (and homesick!) but always with a crazy big smile on my face!”
Read all about Ellen’s story so far and her plans for the Clipper Race on her Virgin Money Giving page.
Jessica’s big shave
After watching her cousin Grace go through intense treatment for brain cancer, Jessica wanted to help out in any way she could. Having heard of Grace’s sailing trip this summer with the Trust, she decided to start a JustGiving fundraiser to ‘support this charity who have given so much to Grace and other children like her’.
To raise money, she’ll be shaving off 10 inches of her hair, while also supporting The Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs to children and young people experiencing hair loss during treatment.
Along with achieving her initial sail training certificate with the Trust, Grace has graded twice in judo, flown a plane, taken up horse riding, joined air cadets, and been awarded the child of courage award – all since being diagnosed with grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma.
You can support 12-year-old Jessica with her amazing support and fundraising efforts at this link.
Provide’s golf day
Massive thanks are in order for Provide after they held a charity golf day which saw more than £8,500 raised for the Trust.
The annual event, now in its 6th year, took place at the Benton Hall Golf Club in Essex and had a record turnout of 76 golfers.
It all took place on an overcast Friday which threatened rain, but stayed dry for the golfers, all battling it out for prizes and awards, while supporting the Trust with generous donations.
Ocean Brass Band
Cheers to Southampton’s Ocean Brass Band for their donation of £260, raised at their third charity concert in partnership with Rising Stars.
Pensioners paddle the Pennines
Remember Paul and John from this summer’s Shine Shout Out?
They’ve since completed their 127-mile paddle along the Leeds / Liverpool canal, raising almost £2,500 in the process!
By no means a simple trek, the inspirational pair battled lashing rain, challenging locks, and even capsized after a strong gust blew the bow on to the bank while they were looking for a place to camp. Their soggy equipment was dried off and rescued by a farmer and Paul’s family in Leeds.
Along the way they met friends old and new, with fellow sailors offering to look after their canoe by their barges and in driveways while they slept on land.
You can see photos from their journey on their Instagram feed!
Nuffield bake sale
A big thanks to Juliet Sykes at Nuffield Health Hospital in Hayward’s Heath for arranging a bake sale in support of the Trust.
The day was a roaring success, raising over £560 across sales of gifts and cakes!
Staff at the hospital donated delicious home-made goodies, and some children worked tirelessly to decorate beautiful cupcakes!
Cheers also to Chris Evans for giving Juliet and Nuffield Health Hospital a shoutout on his Virgin Radio show, calling the Trust a charity which is “very close to his heart”.