Capital fundraiser for sailing trust

Youngsters enjoy life on an ocean wave through the Chesil Sailing Trust’s Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver scheme

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 is tackling a 24 hour sponsored cycle and run for the Chesil Sailing Trust and national disability charity Sense.

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

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 chairman of the Chesil Sailing Trust, 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 are 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 sailing related projects.

The Chesil Sailing Trust will benefit from KFIM’s fundraiser along with the national disability charity Sense.

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 at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROSomeoneSpecialPage?pageUrl=KnightFrankInvestmentManagement

Visit http://chesiltrust.org.uk/ and https://www.kf-im.com/ for more details.