Anyone can help to support the Trust by raising funds through sponsorship, organising an event, selecting the Trust as charity of choice for an exisitng event or simply by making a donation.

We’ve teamed up with Virgin Money Giving and, the UK’s leading online fundraising websites, so it is now very easy to raise funds for us online. You can create an online fundraising page in minutes to collect donations for any sponsored event or appeal. See links below:

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:

Justgiving helpdesk: 0845 021 2110 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.)
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:

Fundraising Roll of Honour

The list is endless of the names of individuals and companies who have contributed in some way to the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Here is the Roll of Honor, but don't despair if you're not on the list, just drop a line to

  • Dominion Enterprises
  • Stokes Bay Sailing Club
  • Ocean Images
  • Banburys
  • Guy Salmon Land Rover
  • Grapefruit Graphics
  • Crewsaver
  • Rooster Sailing Irish Sea Challenge
  • Garmin Hamble Winter Series
  • North Sails
  • Andreas Kosmatopoulos
  • Marine Industry Regatta
  • Polypipe Regatta
  • Soluxion Ltd
  • Osmotech
  • TT Rigging
  • Toolkit Websites
  • Boats on TV
  • Dimension Polyant
  • Green Marine
  • Coast Graphics
  • Steph Brandt Sports Remedial Massage Therapies
  • Steve and Anna Hayles for collecting donations instead of wedding presents
  • Melges 24 Class Association
  • Printing Crazy
  • RF Composites, Hamble
  • Craftinsure
  • Thurman Rye Estate Agents
  • Volvo
  • Musto
  • Raymarine
  • J-UK
  • Raymarine
  • Sail TV
  • Ben Ainslie
  • Ian Percy & Andrew Simpson
  • Vodafone / brandRapport
  • The River Rat, Hamble
  • Holt
  • Cricket Telecom
  • Ingrid Abery Photography
  • Andark
  • Ian Finlay -
  • The Bugle, Hamble
  • The White Star Tavern, Southampton
  • Ye Olde Whyte Harte, Hamble
  • The Victory, Hamble
  • Green Dragon Racing
  • Oracle / BMW Racing
  • Puma Racing
  • Jerry Hill, Phil Plumtree, Simon Russell and Brett for taking part in the Solent Coast Cycling Challenge for the JMST
  • Artemis Ocean Racing
  • S/Y Leopard
  • Banana Wharf, Hamble
  • Aladdins Cave
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club
  • Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss Open 60 campaign
  • Team Origin
  • Mars
  • King & Queen, Hamble
  • Ian Roman Photography
  • Rolex
  • Russell Coutts
  • Ski Club of Great Britain
  • Hamble Yacht Services
  • Oyster Quay Restaurant, Hamble
  • Yacht Catering Cafe, Hamble
  • The Wild Group
  • Osmotech
  • Crew Clothing
  • La Dolce Vita Restaurant, Hamble
  • Bonne Bouche Delicatessen, Hamble
  • RYA
  • La Cantina, Southampton
  • Volvo Ocean Race
  • Impression Sailing
  • Pig Bags
  • Aladdins Cave Yacht Chandlery
  • The Daiily Sail
  • Karen Earl Sponsorship
  • Aisling McWilliam Graphic Design
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Wet & Wild
  • Jeremy Smart for his sponsored IRONMAN competition
  • David Summerville
  • Rchard Valentine
  • Cheque donations made in memory of the late Jack Holt, a member of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club
  • David Ashworth
  • Cambridge Garage Volvo
  • Dimension Polyant
  • Performance Recruitment
  • Paragon Yachting
  • Veneziani
  • Compass Mortgages
  • Ancasta
  • Nautor Swan
  • Glyn Charles Annual pursuit race
  • Dick and Vicky Sanders for tireless work at the Tiger Trophy
  • Marine Industry Regatta
  • Hamble River SC charity pursuit race
  • B&G
  • David McLean Homes
  • Bees Marquees -
  • Hamble-le-Rice Parish Council
  • The Bugle Pub, Hamble
  • Jon Nash -
  • Ingird Abery -
  • Greendesign
  • Mike Broughton
  • UK Sails
  • Eddie Warden Owen
  • Shirley Robertson
  • Holt Allen
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Ancasta
  • Octopus Branding
  • Ocean Safety
  • Volvo
  • Desperado
  • Richard Faulkner Composites
  • Williams Shipping
  • Maiden Marine
  • Neilson Holidays
  • Pier View
  • Sussex YC (Royal Escape Race 2003)
  • Katrina Johnson Trust Fund
  • Grafham Water SC (Asymmetric Class)
  • 707 Class Association
  • Rutland Sailing Club
  • Martin Makey
  • Mary Pera's Estate
  • RWO Marine
  • Chipstead SC
  • Boating Business Marine Trade Regatta
  • Steve Lovegrove's Scabby Chin!!
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Peter Morton
  • Datafusion Techniques
  • Team Unlimited
  • Maggie Beech
  • Hoya Lens
  • Jerry and Becci Eplett gave up the traditional toaster for cheques made out to the JMST at their wedding in October 2002.
  • Red wing association
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club Sonata Nationals
  • Calvin Walkers 40th birthday 'cheque not presents'
  • Melges 24 donations from Nationals every year
  • Jim Saltonstal and Bob Fisher raised money giving lectures
  • Rick Tomlinson auctioned one of his pictures at Wellies in Hamble
  • Stokes Bay SC had a charity fashion show
  • Ricky Tagg donated his coaching fees
  • Laser 4000 class raised money at a winter party
  • B&G and North Sails donated money from sailing lecture/course
  • Richard Mathews from Oyster Marine
  • RORC's sale in sail numbers
  • Glyn Jones
  • Crew of "Tarantine"
  • Crew of "Yes"
  • Mad for Sport
  • United Airlines
  • Bainbridge Aquabatten/Ronstan
  • Skandia Life Cowes Week 2000
  • Rutland Tiger Trophy
  • Big Splash Music and Comedy Festival
  • Andy Claughton ran the 2000 Flora London Marathon
  • North Sails and Seahorse Golf Society Golf Day
  • Royal Lymington YC Charity handicap race for dinghies and yachts
  • Hemmington Scott Challenge - donation from the day
  • Julie Preston (John's sister) charity Barn Dance
  • James Fearn (John's nephew) and school friends and family sponsored bike ride round Rutland Water
  • Vicky Brickwood ran 1/2 marathon
  • Tommo and friends went on a sponsored bike ride to Bristol
  • Peter Jones went on a sponsored diet
  • Team Unlimited Fashion Police fines

Also numerous donations from those who knew JM and those who didn't!

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Total amount awarded in twenty-one years is over £600,000 through 260 grants.

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