Rob joins Dame Ellen MacArthur's crew

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 

Rob joins Dame Ellen MacArthur's crew

Rob da Bank (far left) with the crew from Isle of Wight charity the Ellen MacArthur Trust.

BBC RADIO 1 DJ and Bestival curator Rob da Bank has become one of the newest ambassadors for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

The Isle of Wight-based charity, launched in 2003 by Dame Ellen MacArthur, takes youngsters recovering from cancer on sailing trips to rebuild their confidence and teach them a new skill.

Rob, who was on board one of the trust’s boats during this year’s Round the Island Race, said: "I was really flattered to be invited to become an ambassador. I do a lot of work on and off the Isle of Wight with young people and top of my agenda is to try and give hope to people.

"The trust helps young people all round the country. I love what they do and it just ticks all the boxes for me. I've done a lot with my life and career and I definitely think it's time to give things back and get stuck into other people's lives as well as my own."

Speaking about his experience in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race, he said: "It was great to be out on a boat, even better with these amazing kids.

"They've been through things that most of us will never imagine, and it's fantastic to see them out there, vivacious, and full of life."

Trust chief executive Frank Fletcher said: "Having seen the work of the trust first hand, Rob knows what a difference we can make to young people in recovery from cancer, making a great choice for an ambassador.

"His support will be invaluable and we look forward to having him on board."

Joining Rob as ambassadors in 2013 are two young people who have sailed with the trust, Luke Gilbert, 24, from West Yorkshire, and Jodie Walters, 22, from Dumfries.

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