FOR the second year BT generously allowed the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Barretstown the use of the BT Tower in London, for a fun filled charity event raising a total of £31,707!

The generosity of the guests at the event was inspiring, with local businessman and compere Richard Quigley managing to auction a packet of Ellen’s favourite gingernut biscuits for £275!

Every penny generated through ticket sales, donations and the auction will be split between the two charities, both of which work with young people who have suffered from cancer.

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The day began with a guest breakfast hosted by Trust Patron Ellen MacArthur, during which time she spoke about the good work the charities do with Laura West, a young person who has experienced both sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust where she is now a graduate volunteer, and attending a Barretstown camp after her own treatment for cancer.

176 lift passes were sold to go up the tower, which closed its doors to the public in 1981 and now only very occasionally opens them for events like this. Throughout the day everyone who bought a pass enjoyed the spectacular views from the top of the Tower.

Cowes based Chip shop Corrie’s Cabin raise funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust every year and owner Richard Quigley hosted the evening black tie dinner and charity auction. It kicked off with a heads and tails game, with a Nautica watch donated by Britannia Corporate Events, which was won and very generously returned to the auction to raise more money. The evening also included an auction of some outstanding prizes provided by Rathbones, the Telegraph and Passport Yachts Europe, but the highlight was a bidding war for a packet of Ellen’s favourite biscuits, gingernuts, which sold for £275!

Richard Quigley said, “People are always extremely generous at these events and this was no exception, the earlier items raised a lot of money but I like to add a fun item at the end which highlights that it’s about what people give and not what they get”.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a charity that supports young people aged between 8-24 who are recovering from cancer and other serious illnesses. 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.

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Trust Patron, Ellen MacArthur added, “I started up the Trust after having one of my most enjoyable days on a boat in France with children suffering from cancer, it was at that moment I realised the power of giving children that have had a pretty rough time a chance to find their confidence in an activity such as sailing.  The effect on the participants is incredible. Giving up competitive sailing was quite a tough decision, but after events such as this where people’s generosity is so forthcoming, makes it all worthwhile.”

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