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Sara J returns to Kielder Water after a fabulous make-over

International Paint and Sara J

International PaintA team from marine coating business, International Paint, have donated time and facilities to restore one of Calvert Trust Kielder’s motor cruisers, Sara J, to her former glory.

The Sara J is named in memory of Sara Johnson who was a regular visitor to Calvert Trust Kielder and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the centre, where she took part in many challenging activities. Sara was an inspiration and when in 1989 at a young age, she sadly died, Calvert Trust Kielder decided to name a boat in her memory.

The empty hull of the Sara J was gifted to the Trust and for some time lay unused. Funds were raised in memory of Sara to fit out the hull and for many years she gave great pleasure to all who sailed in her.  Alas, time was catching up with Sara J, she badly needed a face lift and that’s when Stuart Melville, Craig Dallison and their team at International Paint stepped in to give her a make-over as part of their Restoration Project.

Craig Dallison, Yacht Marketing Manager, International Paint said:

“The restoration of Sara J for Calvert Trust Kielder has provided all those involved at International Paint with a real sense of pride and achievement.  By restoring the boat to her former glory, we knew that, through the excellent work done by all those at the Trust, she would provide valuable opportunities for all guests to experience the joys of being out on the water for years to come.”

Cutting the Ribbon

The team from International paint visited the centre in September to officially launch Sara J back onto Kielder Water.  Sara’s parents, Mr and Mrs Edward Johnson said:

“We are pleased to hear the news of Sara J and delighted that she has been re-commissioned. We hope that she will continue to give good service to you all”.

Peter Cockerill, CEO at Calvert Trust Kielder said:

“Many thanks from all the staff and guests at Calvert Trust Kielder to Craig, Stuart and the team from International Paint, who have revived a very tired Sara J and returned her to her former glory.  Their generous donation of time, expertise and support for the Trust means she is now back where she belongs on Kielder Water providing the opportunity for our guests, especially wheelchair users, who can easily board via the ramp, to experience cruising to all corners of the lake.”


If you would like to find out more about how your company can support Calvert Trust Kielder please visit the 'Support Us' pages or you can contact a member of our fundraising team on 01434 250232.


Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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