Dee supports a variety of charities and projects by raising funds and awareness. Dee considers associations with projects carefully to ensure that she is able to bring something of value to the table. These activities are diverse and range from promoting environmental initiatives to instigating the creation of weight management clubs for young people.
World Sailing Trust
In 2018, Dee was invited to Chair the World Sailing Trust. This new global charity will promote the health of oceans and grow participation of the sport to protect its future.
The World Sailing Trust aims to fundraise and partner with organisations around three areas:
- Marine Health – Protecting the waters of the world and ensuring a positive impact of our sport
- Youth Development – Encouraging youth participation and supporting the next generation of competitive sailors
- Access – Enhancing diversity across the sailing community and improving the accessibility of our sport
Sail 4 Cancer
Sail 4 Cancer was set up in 2001 with the aim of raising funds not only for cancer treatment and research, but also to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer, helping them maintain dignity and independence whilst providing respite from the 24/7 of cancer.
In 2006, Dee became a Patron for Sail 4 Cancer and has since been involved in various activities to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Dee was appointed Patron of GAFIRS in October 2011. GAFIRS is one of 61 totally independent lifeboat services and has been delivering maritime rescue and safety services to the seafaring communities of Gosport and Fareham since the late 1960’s.
GAFIRS is now a declared rescue facility to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and on 24 hour pager call-out to Solent Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. In times of regional emergency, like floods and periods of heavy snowfall, GAFIRS also regularly supports the emergency services effort inland.
BLUEWATER are the world leader in innovative drinking water technologies and solutions and I am proud to be their global brand ambassador. I have seen first hand how successful Bluewater hydration stations are at providing clean drinking water on site at events, removing the need for single use plastic bottles, cups and other containers. For more information on BLUEWATER event support, go to www.bluewatergroup.com/bluewater-event/.
Bluewater is a world leader innovating, manufacturing, and commercializing water purification technologies and solutions for residential, business and public use that harness the company’s patented reverse osmosis technology to efficiently remove virtually all pollutants from water, including lead, bacteria, pesticides, medical residues, chlorine, micro plastic fibres and lime-scale.
Sunsail operate as a worldwide yacht charter holiday business and hope to give more people access to the water and help qualify them to continue safely enjoying the sport and environment of sailing. As an Ambassador for Sunsail I will help promote their holidays and promotions and encourage more people to try sailing.
With exploration and innovation being fundamental to their clothing brand, North Sails motto is to ‘Go Beyond’.
Being intrinsically linked to the ocean, North Sails are now going beyond the normal way of running a business to help to conserve our planet. Combining the use of recycled plastics, reducing general plastic intake and developing recycled fabrics, they are making significant steps towards becoming a sustainable business.
As part of their mission to conserve the ocean for the future generations, North Sails are funding conservation initiatives by contributing 1% of their revenues to the Ocean Family Foundation.
I am proud to share North Sails values and be a global brand ambassador. Together we will continue to highlight and campaign against plastic pollution.
UKSA provides transformational opportunities for young people on the water to change their lives. They do this as a youth charity catering for school children and those young people not in education, employment or full time training as well as being a centre of excellence for nautical professional development. I am proud to be a UKSA ambassador to help them support young people develop themselves as this is something I strongly believe in. I am very happy to be lending my support to such a fantastic charity who helped start my journey all those years ago!
A Plastic Planet
Dee sits on the advisory board of A Plastic Planet (APP) who’s single goal is to turn off the plastic tap by dramatically reducing the use of conventional plastic; especially that used to package our food and drink
Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Since September 2013 Dee sits on the Operations Committee for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The Operations Committee advises on all matters to do with the disposition and operation of all the RNLI’s lifesaving assets (lifeboat, lifeguards and flood response team). It regularly reviews lifesaving coverage and recommends changes where appropriate. The Committee oversees the operational training of lifeboat crew and lifeguards and maintains an overview of both UK and Irish maritime SAR organisations.