LEGENDARY sailors Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur have joined forces to help young people with cancer.
Sir Robin, of Gosport-based Clipper Ventures, has announced his round-the-world yacht race will back Dame Ellen’s cancer charity.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust gives young people with cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.
And now Clipper Ventures has named the trust as its chosen charity for the next ocean race in 2013.
Dame Ellen told The News: ‘I’m hugely excited about
this and it is just the beginning.
‘This partnership will enable us to raise awareness of the trust and what it does and raise funds.
‘The people who sail around the world with Clipper Ventures are passionate about sailing which is exactly the same as the young people who sail with the charity.
‘What the charity does is take these young people out of that hospital environment and get them to do something where they have fun and experience something positive.’
The announcement was made at the Clipper Ventures base in Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport.
Sir Robin added: ‘I lost my wife to cancer and one of the things you have to do is keep your morale up.
‘These days people take the “I’m going to beat this” approach and this gives them the chance to show they can do something.
‘It seemed like a natural partnership because there is a symbiosis between Clipper Ventures and the charity, and I know Ellen very well.’
In addition to the fundraising partnership, Clipper Ventures is giving one young person who has been supported by Dame Ellen’s charity the opportunity to sail on the first leg of the next Clipper race from the UK to Brazil.
The additional fundraising means the trust can help more young people recovering from cancer to take part in their sailing programmes.
Dame Ellen’s charity, based on the Isle of Wight, works with youngsters between the ages of eight and 24 who are in recovery from cancer or leukaemia.
Clipper’s chief executive, William Ward, said: ‘I hope this will boost awareness and raise thousands of pounds.’