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Make a Donation

If you would like to support the John Merricks Sailing Trust in helping worthy young sailors, or sailing organisations, to achieve their goals, there are several ways to assist.


Make a personal or company donation – please send any donations however large or small to us c/o Ian Walker, John Merricks Sailing Trust, 25 Spitfire Way, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire. SO31 4RT.

Please make cheques payable to the John Merricks Sailing Trust, PLEASE DO NOT send cash in the post.

If you are a UK taxpayer please DO fill out a Gift Aid Form and post with your cheque - thank you.

We’ve teamed up with Virgin Money Giving so you can donate and raise funds for us online. All you need to do is use the link below:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Not-for-profit = more for charity

Virgin Money Giving is 100% not-for-profit, which means more of your donations come to us to help those who need it most.  

Using Virgin Money Giving saves us costs and reduces our admin burden, so going online is an efficient way of supporting us.

It’s easy to make a single or monthly donation with a credit or debit card online:

Virgin Money Giving reclaim Gift Aid automatically and pay your donation directly to us at the end of every week, and the site is 100% secure.


Virgin Money Giving make it easy to raise money: you can create an online fundraising page in minutes to collect donations for any sponsored event or appeal.

You can create your own for any event here:

Fundraise for us using Virgin Money Giving

 Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to traipse around collecting cash and cheques. Simply personalise your page with a photo and message and email the web address to all your contacts. Friends, family, work colleagues and anyone else, from anywhere in the world, can then make a donation using your page.

You can create a fundraising page for absolutely anything. You could get sponsored to run, swim, cycle, get fit, grow a moustache or have your head shaved. The only limit is your imagination.

If you have any questions, or need any help, you can contact:

Virgin Money Giving helpdesk: 08456 10 10 46  (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm)
Or email:

For more information about arranging a fundraising event or about selecting the John Merricks Sailing Trust as charity of choice for an existing event - please contact Suzy Hamel – 

Use the John Merricks Sailing Trust as your charity for a sponsored challenge – there are many different ways to raise money through sponsorship. Utilising your favourite sport or hobby in a sponsored challenge is a fun way to help the Trust by raising money and also awareness of the Trust itself. Once you have decided on a challenge then ask as many friends, relatives, work colleagues, companies or schools to sponsor you to achieve your challenge. Many people have helped the Trust in this way with a variety of challenges including: Ironman competition, sailing, running the London Marathon, bike rides, dieting and swimming.

For further information about sponsored challenges please contact:
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