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Seasalt cheque helps trust

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 10, 2013

  • Seasalt's jute bag raised £2,500 for the Cornish Maritime Trust

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A CORNISH clothing chain presented a cheque for £2,500 to a seafaring charity last week.

Seasalt, which has roots in Penzance, created and produced an exclusive jute bag to raise money for the Cornish Maritime Trust (CMT).

On Friday morning designer Elly Jahnz presented the cash to charity trustees in Mousehole.

"We looked at the charity and saw all the great work it's doing," she said.

"We thought about all the pleasure it brings to people – I tried to reflect that sense of fun.

"Mousehole has got such a rich maritime past, it was an apt location," she added.

Helen Rowe, also of the fashion company, praised the organisation.

"It's a really nice charity for us to support," she said. "We like the sea heritage feel, so it's an obvious link for us."

Zoe-Elissa George, who helps to run the trust, said the money was a big boost.

"It means a lot to us," she said. "It means we can pay for important maintenance on the boats."

She said the CMT allows sailing fans to join for a fee – with the option to donate more – and they in turn have access to four vessels in its fleet.

Two under the organisation's ownership are based in west Penwith – a traditional fishing boat in Mousehole and Barnabas, a lugger built in 1881 moored at St Ives.

All four have been restored by the group for the benefit of all, but with usage comes cost.

The trustee said Barnabas made three trips to France this summer and requires some TLC.

"They [trips] take their toll on the old boats," she explained.

"They need regular work to keep them running."

The presentation saw the bag's designer present the cheque at Mousehole Harbour on the east quay.

Now the CMT is looking for more help to keep the operation afloat and keep its members, who are spread across the world, sailing.

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