Fundraising News: Grants

MARTIN NOYLE, Ellen MacArthur Trust general manager ...

What is the project and when will it start?

The idea of the trust is to take children who are recovering from cancer and leukaemia sailing. This year we took 40 children.

Our season is over now; next year, we hope to take about the same number.

Do you need further funding to set up the project? Very much so. It costs £1,000 to take a child on a four-day trip. We run a boat with three crew and five children, so the donation paid for one boat.

Did you apply for this funding? No. We were approached by Sail 4 Cancer to determine whether we could put the money to good use.

ANDREW HAYWARD, founder of Sail 4 Cancer ...

Is it unusual for one charity to donate money to another? I'd like to think such grants are becoming increasingly common. Where two charities have similar objectives, I think it makes sense to work together to avoid duplication of effort.

When did the two charities link up, and how was the relationship arranged?

We made an initial grant for £5,000 in August of this year specifically to get children with cancer out on the water. This is the trust's main focus, whereas Sail 4 Cancer provides opportunities for all ages to get out on the water. Sail 4 Cancer's primary objective is to use sailing as a fundraising vehicle for cancer treatment and research. The link between the two charities came about through Offshore Challenges, the company that manages Ellen MacArthur.

Would it be possible in the future for similar organisations to receive funding from Sail 4 Cancer? Yes, although our funds are largely committed for the next year or so.

Has Sail 4 Cancer made donations to other charities? Yes, our grants to date have mainly been directed to NHS treatment programmes, most of which are also registered charities.

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