Sail 4 Cancer has launched an exciting range of barrel sailing bags made from recycled sail cloth. This new fundraising programme is called ‘Sail 4 Sale’.

The first bag was bought by Patrick Bergin in Brighton. Patrick Bergin is an Irish actor perhaps best known for his leading role opposite Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and for playing the villainous Aidan Maguire in the BBC soap EastEnders (2017–2018).

This recycling project came about after a large donation of used sails was made to the charity from Isle of Wight based sail cloth company ‘Wight Sails’. Commenting on the announcement, Chairman of the 4 Cancer Group Graham Precey said:

“As a sailing nation, we have a huge appetite for new sails every year. Sadly however, old sails are often overlooked and are usually thrown away in land-fill sites. Consequently, we have launched our ‘Sail 4 Sale’ campaign which aims to encourage sailors to recycle their old sails whilst at the same time helping British families living with cancer. All sail donations will be up-cycled into bags and other products to raise funds for the charity.”

Graham concluded:

“This recycling initiative is a partnership between many organisations who are all working together to help families in difficult circumstances. Veolia UK is helping with logistics and StorageMart is assisting with container storage. The bags are being made by M-24 and the initial sails have been donated by Wight Sails. We are incredibly grateful for their help.”

The bigger barrel bag (57cm in length) is £48 and the smaller barrel bag (44cm in length) is £30 – both prices include postage. If you would like to buy one of these bags, please get in touch!