Press release: Newton-Jones swaps high fashion for the high seas

25 November 2013

Monday 25th November 2013: for immediate release

One of the best-known figures in fashion retail Mark Newton-Jones is swapping the glamorous world of fashion for life on the ocean wave to support two children’s charities.

On 25th November, former Shop Direct Group chief executive Mark set sail across the Atlantic in the ARC 2013, the world’s largest ocean race, against 40 other yachts. Newton-Jones and his fellow crew of 10 novices are aiming to cover the 2,800 nautical miles in approximately 17 days and nights – weather permitting. After only three days of getting to know his shipmates, Mark and his team departed from Gran Canaria.

The intrepid Newton-Jones is taking to the high seas to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK and the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers. The charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2013, funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT), supports disadvantaged children, whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry. Founded in 1853, FTCT’s grants provide support for all aspects of a child’s well-being, including sickness, disability, bereavement and issues arising from financial hardship.
“My friends and family are telling me I’m crazy, but being competitive, I’m not just in this race to take part, but to win it! As someone who’s never been out it sight of land for more than eight hours, I expect the race to be both exciting and frightening in equal measure” says Mark.

“The main reason I’m doing it though is to raise money for two fantastic causes, the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust and Children with Cancer UK. Both do amazing work supporting youngsters who face tremendous challenges early in their lives and I hope as many people as possible can support them by sponsoring my crossing of the Atlantic”.

Read more: Mark's Atlantic Sailing Challenge

You can support Mark by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page


Media Enquiries and Notes to Editors

To find out more about Children with Cancer UK:
please contact: Mark Hooley, Communications Manager
Email: Tel: 020 7404 0808

You can also follow us on Twitter @CwC_UK

To find out more about The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT):
Anna Pangbourne, Director
Tel: 07753 605367
You can also follow FTCT on Twitter @ftct and find FTCT on Facebook /ftct1853


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