NEWS 10th Apr 2022

Support The Wightlink Beach Clean

Sail 4 Cancer - About Us

Set up by a team of sailing enthusiasts, all of whom have lost a family member or a friend to cancer, Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of days out and short-breaks for British families affected by cancer.

We also make grants to UK based care institutions and support research into the positive effects of sport (e.g. sailing) and how it can help with cancer prevention and recovery.

Wightlink, one of Sail 4 Cancer's longest standing supporters, is organising a Beach Clean in Ryde on Isle of Wight.

The event is taking place on Saturday 14 May as part of the company's wider commitment to environmental standards and care of the ocean environment.

A number of Sail 4 Cancer volunteers will be taking part on the day, so why not come along and join us?

Wightlink will be including free ferry travel from Portsmouth to Ryde for people who are joiing from the mainland.

In 2021, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) reported an average of 385 pieces of litter for every 100 metres of beach on average.

The MCS continued by saying that 75% of beach litter was still plastic or polystyrene and that the government’s “piecemeal” approach to phasing out single-use plastic was not good enough.

Recent research shows that plastic items from takeaway food and drinks still dominate litter in the world’s oceans. A study in 2020 found the UK and US produced more plastic waste per person than any other major country.

The Wightlink Beach Clean itself will start at 12:30 on 14 May and people will assemble at the Ryde Esplanade station building from 12:00 (in the space adjacent to the ticket office). We aim to finish by 15:30 at the latest.

Supporters from the mainland will travel on the FastCat at 11:15 from Portsmouth Harbour and return later that afternoon at circa 15:30.

We hope to see you there!

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