Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust supporters at the BT Tower event. Picture courtesy of Tom Roberts.
AN INCREDIBLE £51,000 was raised for the Isle of Wight-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust thanks to a special event at the iconic BT Tower in London.
The day began on the 34th floor of the building where guests were treated to stunning sunrise views of the city and tucked into breakfast in the tower’s famous rotating restaurant, while they were told more about the trust’s work and met people who had benefited from it.
The trust works with young people aged between eight and 24, taking them sailing to help them regain their confidence after treatment for cancer.
The rotating restaurant has been closed to the public since 1980, but people were able to buy tickets for this event with proceeds going to the charity.
Dame Ellen said: "This was a hugely important day for the trust, and could only have happened thanks to the generosity of BT who provided us with such a spectacular and central location in London.
"This has allowed us to spend time with guests to communicate about the trust and how it benefits the young people we support."
Following on from breakfast, the trust organised a lunch for key supporters and a high tea with a glass of bubbly for members of the public who had snapped up the rare available spaces.
The day was capped off with a black tie dinner and auction where Dame Ellen was joined on stage by Mark Stevens who had been diagnosed with Actue Lymphoblastic Leukaemia aged 21 and who sailed with the trust during his recovery, finally taking part in the famous Fastnet Race. He went on to gain a first class degree at university and now works at the prestigious JP Morgan bank.
The £51,250 raised via BT MyDonate will allow 95 young people to join the trust on trips this summer.