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Damers First School – Inspirational Queen Dame Ellen MacArthur

Grayling 1 at Damers First School have been finding out about Dame Ellen MacArthur.

She was born in Derbyshire in 1976.

Her first experience of sailing was when she was just a child. She went out to sea on her aunt’s boat. From then on, Ellen wanted to get her own boat. So she saved her school dinner money, Brithday and Christmas money for three years and finally managed to buy her first boat.

In 1995, aged 19 years old, Ellen sailed around Great Britain on her own.

On 7th February 2005 she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, a feat which gained her international renown. Her time of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds is world record for the 27,354 nautical miles (50,660 km) covered.

She was made a Dame in 2005.

On 2 September 2010, she launched the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity focusing on accelerating the transition to a regenerative circular economy.

The children have learned that we need to reduce, reuse, repair before we recycle. When products life is over we need to create new products from old ones.


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