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22 February 2005, 10:16 am
Ellen In London...
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Ellen MACARTHUR

On Sunday 20 February, Ellen made her way along the River Thames on board her record breaking trimaran B&Q, well-wishers lined the route from Greenwich to Tower Bridge as they turned out to show their support for Ellen after her record breaking trip.
After navigating up the Thames to Tower Bridge where crowds lined the north and south banks of the river and all along Tower Bridge, B&Q moored up at Greenwich and Ellen arrived onshore to the warmest of welcomes from the 7,500 strong crowd that had been waiting to see her.

Many people waited for over two hours in the wintry conditions for a chance to see Ellen live on stage in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. 'It is just amazing,' said Ellen, ' I am really blown away by the amount of people who have come out to welcome us to London. Today is really about having a chance to thank everyone for all of the support that we received thoughout the whole trip. They shared this with me and it is great to come here today and have a chance to say thank you to everyone.'

The event today at Greenwich was not only a chance for Ellen and the team to say a big thank you to all the avid supporters, but also to raise awareness of the Ellen MacArthur Trust - a charity set up by Ellen to give young people suffering or recovering from cancer and leukaemia a chance to get out on the water and sail with her. Ellen was joined on stage at the end by 13-year-old Katie SCHUSTER who has already participated in two sailing trips with Ellen. Katie was diagnosed with cancer when she was 10 and received treatment at the Great Ormond Street hospital.

The trimaran will now be heading back to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, for a homecoming on Friday 25 February.

Ellen and B&Q on the Thames
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