Leading marine safety company, Ocean Safety, recently presented a cheque for £500 to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust at the Southampton Boat Show.
The Trust’s Clare Ross, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Trust, said, “£500 will enable us to take one more young person in recovery from cancer on a four-day sailing trip next year. That young person will spend those four days enjoying lots of sailing, crabbing competitions, a beach BBQ, a thrilling RIB ride, a tour around a lifeboat, afternoon tea at a yacht club and much, much more – thank you for helping make such a difference to a young person’s life.”
Ocean Safety has been servicing safety equipment left by yachtsmen at the company’s collection point which it established at the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in East Cowes six months ago. For each item serviced, Ocean Safety has been making a donation from the fee to the Trust, and the company was very excited to calculate that at the end of this first period, it could donate £500 to the charity.
Ocean Safety provides equipment to the Trust’s yachts and the relationship was taken one step further, when both sides realised the benefits of the Trust’s base in East Cowes Marina as a great collection point for the many visiting yachtsmen who come to the town.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which helps to rebuild the lives of young cancer sufferers through sailing experiences, is conveniently located at East Cowes Marina. It is easily accessible for yachts whose owners want to offload life rafts and safety items such as lifejackets, EPIRBs and fire extinguishers.
The safety equipment is collected by Ocean Safety and taken to the company's service station in Southampton for maintenance. It is then returned to East Cowes Marina for the owner to collect after the work has been carried out. Every customer is contacted by phone to discuss their equipment once it has been delivered to Southampton and then returned to the Trust at their convenience for collection again.
Charlie Mill of Ocean Safety commented, “We are really pleased at how successful the demand for servicing has been at our new collection point at the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. It’s been a fantastic bonus to have raised this money for the Trust and we hope to continue to be even busier there in the future.”
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