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.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
As the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been safeguarding threatened species and ecosystems worldwide for well over a century and has built an enviable reputation for its pioneering work and science-based, locally led approach to conservation.
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.
Ocean Safety specialise in the worldwide supply, distribution, service & hire of marine safety equipment including liferafts, lifejackets, pyrotechnics, man overboard equipment & electronics. The company has grown rapidly and today boasts a diverse range of customers including ship and superyacht builders, round the world racing, cruising yachts and the MOD.
As a strong proponent of safety at sea, I am delighted to be working with Ocean Safety to promote their ongoing commitment to safety whilst on the water. With constant innovation and new technologies emerging, I will also be evaluating products and providing feedback to assist in their development of equipment, as well as supporting a strong message of safety awareness to the Ocean Safety customer.
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. Dee is also the Chair for the Special Interest Group on Sustainability, helping the organisation move forwards in its bold ambitions towards a more sustainable future.