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Sailing key to St Margaret's Hospice 'Challenge of a Lifetime'
NEXT year, 160 brave members of the public will face up to 88 difficult and exciting days’ sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, all while raising money for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice.
Though it seems a long way off, preparations are already underway.
The Challenge of a Lifetime – Atlantic Circuit is a project set up by the hospice to help raise money for the care of those with a life-limiting illness.
Members of the executive team at the hospice considered the enormity of the challenge for those with a life-limiting illness as they approach the end of their life.
They decided they would take responsibility for a major fundraising project which would personally challenge those taking part, resulting in The Challenge of a Lifetime.
The epic adventure will take 88 days, weather permitting, and will be split into eight legs.
Those taking part have the option to sail the whole eight legs or just one, but each leg will provide its own challenges and everyone will experience something different.
As well as members of the public, the hospice is aiming to recruit eight people with a diagnosed life-limiting illness to take part in one of the legs alongside their carer or clinician.
Starting at Portsmouth Harbour, two challenger yachts and their crews will set sail on the trip of a lifetime.
From Portsmouth they’ll go to Falmouth, the Canaries, Barbados, Antigua, Bahamas, the Azores, Cork and back to Portsmouth.
As if this doesn’t sound tempting enough, those taking part will also be helping the hospice in a big way.
St Margaret’s cares for more than 3,000 people with a life-limiting illness in Somerset every year.
As well as providing 24/7 care for them, they offer support for their families and carers, and all for free.
They even help patients fulfil their ‘bucket lists’.
Anyone aged 18 and over can take part in the challenge. No previous sailing experience is necessary – you just need plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
Volunteers will receive help from one of the charity’s staff team who will support any fundraising projects they embark on to raise money for the voyage.
All crew members will be in the safe hands of qualified Ocean Yachtmasters and training days will be held to prepare you.
Even if you’re not a fan of sailing, but wish to help out, you can because ambassadors will be needed to help with sponsorships as well as helping volunteers prepare.
For more information visit www.challengeofalifetime.org.uk or call 0845-0342-188.
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