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, 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:

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 Elizabeth Robinson –

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

  • 707 Class Association
  • Aisling McWilliam Graphic Design
  • Aladdins Cave Yacht Chandlery
  • Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss Open 60 campaign
  • Ancasta
  • Andark
  • Andreas Kosmatopoulos
  • Andy Claughton ran the 2000 Flora London Marathon
  • Artemis Ocean Racing
  • B&G
  • Bainbridge Aquabatten/Ronstan
  • Banana Wharf, Hamble
  • Banburys
  • Bees Marquee
  • Ben Ainslie
  • Big Splash Music and Comedy Festival
  • Boating Business Marine Trade Regatta
  • Boats on TV
  • Bonne Bouche Delicatessen, Hamble
  • Calvin Walkers 40th birthday - Cheque donations made
  • Cambridge Garage Volvo
  • Chipstead SC
  • Coast Graphics
  • Compass Mortgages
  • Craftinsure
  • Crew Clothing
  • Crew of "Tarantine"
  • Crew of "Yes"
  • Crewsaver
  • Cricket Telecom
  • Datafusion Techniques
  • David Ashworth
  • David McLean Homes
  • David Summerville
  • Desperado
  • Dick and Vicky Sanders for tireless work at the Tiger Trophy
  • Dimension Polyant
  • Dominion Enterprises
  • Eddie Warden Owen
  • Garmin Hamble Winter Series
  • Glyn Charles Annual pursuit race
  • Glyn Jones
  • Grafham Water SC (Asymmetric Class)
  • Grapefruit Graphics
  • Green Dragon Racing
  • Green Marine
  • Greendesign
  • Guy Salmon Land Rover
  • Hamble River SC charity pursuit race
  • Hamble Yacht Services
  • Hamble-le-Rice Parish Council
  • Hemmington Scott Challenge - donation from the day
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Holt
  • Holt Allen
  • Hoya Lens
  • Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson
  • Ian Finlay -
  • Ian Roman Photography
  • Impression Sailing
  • In Memory of the late Jack Holt - Cheque donations made
  • Ingrid Abery Photography
  • J-UK
  • James Fearn (John's nephew) and school friends and family sponsored bike ride round Rutland Water
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Jeremy Smart for his sponsored IRONMAN competition
  • Jerry and Becci Eplett wedding - Cheque donations made
  • Jerry Hill, Phil Plumtree, Simon Russell and Brett for taking part in the Solent Coast Cycling Challenge
  • Jim Saltonstall and Bob Fisher raised money giving lectures
  • Jon Nash
  • Julie Preston (John's sister) charity Barn Dance
  • Karen Earl Sponsorship
  • Katrina Johnson Trust Fund
  • King & Queen, Hamble
  • La Cantina, Southampton
  • La Dolce Vita Restaurant, Hamble
  • Laser 4000 class raised money at a winter party
  • Mad for Sport
  • Maggie Beech
  • Maiden Marine
  • Marine Industry Regatta
  • Mars
  • Martin Makey
  • Mary Pera's Estate
  • Melges 24 Class Association
  • Mike Broughton
  • Musto
  • Nautor Swan
  • Neilson Holidays
  • North Sails
  • Ocean Images
  • Ocean Safety
  • Octopus Branding
  • Oracle / BMW Racing
  • Osmotech
  • Oyster Quay Restaurant, Hamble
  • Paragon Yachting
  • Performance Recruitment
  • Peter Jones
  • Peter Morton
  • Pier View
  • Pig Bags
  • Polypipe Regatta
  • Printing Crazy
  • Puma Racing
  • Raymarine
  • Red wing association
  • RF Composites, Hamble
  • Richard Faulkner Composites
  • Richard Mathews from Oyster Marine
  • Richard Valentine
  • Rick Tomlinson auctioned one of his pictures at Wellies in Hamble
  • Ricky Tagg donated his coaching fees
  • Rolex
  • Rooster Sailing Irish Sea Challenge
  • RORC's sale in sail numbers
  • Royal Lymington YC Charity handicap race for dinghies and yachts
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club
  • Russell Coutts
  • Rutland Sailing Club
  • Rutland Tiger Trophy
  • RWO Marine
  • RYA
  • S/Y Leopard
  • Sail TV
  • Shirley Robertson
  • Skandia Life Cowes Week 2000
  • Ski Club of Great Britain
  • Soluxion Ltd
  • Steph Brandt Sports Remedial Massage Therapies
  • Steve and Anna Hayles wedding - Cheque donations made
  • Steve Lovegrove's Scabby Chin
  • Stokes Bay Sailing Club
  • Sussex YC (Royal Escape Race 2003)
  • Team Origin
  • Team Unlimited
  • The Bugle Pub, Hamble
  • The Daily Sail
  • The River Rat, Hamble
  • The Victory, Hamble
  • The White Star Tavern, Southampton
  • The Wild Group
  • Thurman Rye Estate Agents
  • Tommo and friends went on a sponsored bike ride to Bristol
  • Toolkit Websites
  • TT Rigging
  • UK Sails
  • United Airlines
  • Veneziani
  • Vicky Brickwood ran 1/2 marathon
  • Vodafone / brandRapport
  • Volvo
  • Volvo Ocean Race
  • Wet & Wild
  • Williams Shipping
  • Yacht Catering Cafe, Hamble
  • Ye Olde Whyte Harte, Hamble

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

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Total amount awarded in twenty-three years is over £640,000 through 275 grants.

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