British sailing brand, Musto has renewed its commitment to support the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which helps young people in recovery from cancer
Just days after the announcement that Musto has been bought by Helly Hansen, the British sailing brand has signed a new three-year contract supporting the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
It will provide the charity with 1,000 long sleeved t-shirts and caps for the young people and volunteers taking part in sailing trips.
Musto, which was one of the main sponsors of Ellen MacArthur during her sailing career, has backed the trust since it started in 2003, and recently supported the Round Britain 2017 voyage.
The challenge, which began in May from Largs Yacht Haven, saw young people aged between 10 and 30 visit 58 towns and cities during the 17 legs of the race on board the trust’s 44-foot voyage yacht, Moonspray.
Recently, four Musto staff members decided to take part in the Great South Run, having met some of the young people who took part in the Round Britain voyage.
The firm’s senior designer and sustainability officer, Annaleigh Hockaday said awareness of the charity’s work increased after Moonspray moored outside Musto at St Katharine’s Dock in London.
“We were just blown away by the young ambassadors; what incredible young people,” she said.
“They explained and promoted the charity in such a way that everybody came back to the office full of enthusiasm for the charity and so we wanted to do something to help, which is why we’re here,” she added.
The 10-mile Great South Run, which took place on Sunday (22 October), gives participants a unique opportunity to run through Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, passing iconic landmarks such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.
The flat course has been graced by world-class athletes such as Liz McColgan, Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O’Sullivan, and Mo Farah, who won the men’s race in 2009.
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Completing the race in a time of 77 minutes, another Musto employee, Alex Russell explained how he felt inspired to run on behalf of the Trust.
“I couldn’t get over the ambition and energy of the young people I met when they docked at St Katharine’s, they were all so admirable. It’s been great running on behalf of the Trust, knowing it’s such a worthwhile cause,” he said.
The aim of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is to rebuild confidence after cancer, using sailing to support, empower and inspire young to imagine a future they may never have thought possible after treatment.
Ashton Howard from the trust said he was extremely grateful to Musto for their long-term support.
“We’re thrilled to see their employees getting more involved with the Trust. It shows real commitment to take on this type of challenge. The combined effort of our team of 48 runners will make a huge difference to so many young people in recovery from cancer,” he added.