THE legacy of a Weymouth schoolboy will be the chosen charity of the Dorset Echo’s
Going for Gold campaign.
The Will Mackaness Trust aims to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to experience the thrill of water activities by providing financial support and assistance.
It was set up in 2008 following the untimely death of the former head boy of The Wey
Valley School and Sports College, Will Mackaness.
Will was an avid sportsman who took a full and active part in all aspects of school life,
despite undergoing intensive treatment for the most aggressive form of brain tumour.
The Dorset Echo aims to work with the Trust to hold events and encourage local busi
nesses to help get 500 children out on the water on windsurfs, dinghies and kayaks and
other craft, ahead of the 2012 sailing events in honour of the 500-day countdown.
A £300 boost has already been given to the cause, thanks to the generous donation from
the Weymouth Moose Ladies, based in Chickerell Road, who held a pamper night and
other events and raise proceeds for the worthy local cause after hearing about the charity
via the Echo.
The trust, which is currently applying for charitable status, boasts Olympic windsurfer
Nick Dempsey as a trustee.
Will’s mum Pam Govier, who founded the trust, said: “It made my day when the Dorset
Echo told me they wanted to get involved.
“Everybody talks about the legacy of the Olympics and this is a sure fire way for the
people of Weymouth and Portland to benefit from it.
“We’ve helped dozens of young people to experience watersports and supported several
of those to go on and develop their skills further.
“My son Will was passionate about watersports, he was fortunate to have been left
money from an uncle but for so many young people it’s too expensive a hobby.
“By doing this, children not only get the funding but also the physical access to it. I’m so proud that something
good has come out of Will’s death.
“He will never be forgotten, which really is
IT COSTS £90 to enable a child to complete a beginner’s windsurfing qualification of £180 to complete their dinghy
encouraged to contribute £20 to the
Businesses or individuals who
would like to donate to the cause
are asked to make cheques
payable to Wey Valley School
and to send them to the Will
Mackaness Trust, Dorset
Echo, Hampshire Road,
Weymouth, DT4 9XD
or to call the Echo on