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Glyn Charles Pursuit Race to take place on 21 May

Thursday May 12th 2011, Author: Suzy Hamel, Location: United Kingdom

The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) will be amongst the first charities in the UK to use its own, unique personalised text code, JMST01, to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

This is a brand new, free service for charities, that has no set up or fundraising costs for charities, no network charges for people making donations and every penny donated goes to charity. Gift Aid can also be added to donations.

From today, supporters of JMST can make donations of up to £10 by texting JMST01 and either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 to make their donation. The text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to the JMST.

Ian Walker, Volvo Ocean Race and Americas Cup skipper, Double Olympic Silver Medallist and JMST Trustee said: “This is a wonderful way for us to raise money as it’s speedy, simple and spontaneous. Most people have a mobile phone these days so we expect this to be very popular with our supporters.

“I look forward to meeting competitors at the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race and presenting a prize to the overall Youth winners.”

The Glyn Charles Memorial Pursuit Race will be held on Saturday 21 May, at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

The Glyn Charles Memorial Race is about fun, fundraising and remembering Glyn, one of Great Britain's best young sailors, who was tragically lost in the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race.

The fundraising part of the day is run in aid of the John Merrick's Sailing Trust.

Too many events in sailing are taken too seriously, but be assured that this is definitely not one of them! All levels and ages of sailors get involved and the atmosphere is one of a true "celebration of life"!

The 2011 race will be no exception with pledges of support rapidly coming in, and many of Glyn’s former crews and team mates planning to race too.

A fun, competitive race around the cans, Glyn’s race attracts entries from all dinghy classes and ages, pitting their wits to win a stunning array of prizes, which are spread across the fleet, from back to front.

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