Capital fundraiser for sailing trust


SAILING: File picture of youngsters enjoying life on an ocean wave through the Chesil Sailing Trust at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

A Dorset charity which helps young and disabled people go sailing is set for a major boost from an epic overnight fundraiser.

A 15-strong team from blue chip firm Knight Frank Investment Management LLP (KFIM) is tackling a 24 hour sponsored cycle and run for the Chesil Sailing Trust (CST) and national disability charity Sense.

They will undertake the gruelling challenge to travel 160 miles from London to Portland, starting at mid-day on June 13th and finishing by mid-day on June 14th.

A team of cyclists will hit the road for the first 145 miles – riding through the night – before handing the baton to runners who will dash 15 miles along the coast path to the finish line at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy where they will be met by the Mayor of Portland.

John Tweed, who is CST chairman, said: “Since 2001 we have helped more than 24,500 people onto the water.

“This epic challenge will allow us to help even more young and disabled people enjoy the thrill of sailing and windsurfing.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all at Knight Frank Investment Management, wish them the very best of luck and encourage everyone to sponsor them.  We look forward to giving them a very warm welcome at the finish line.”

The Chesil Sailing Trust is based at the sailing academy and is funded entirely by voluntary donations.

Its popular Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver scheme has given more than 22,500 children the chance to enjoy half-day taster sessions. It has also supported numerous related projects.

KFIM, based in the City of London, is the real estate investment management arm of property services giant Knight Frank, which has more than 400 offices worldwide.

Kevin Aitchison, who is chief executive of Knight Frank Investment Management, said: “The team are very much looking forward to what will be a tough yet rewarding challenge in aid of two very worthy causes. I just hope my knees stand up to 15 miles along the Dorset coast path.”

So far nearly £10,000 has been raised. Sponsor the fundraiser here.