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#Sail4Macmillan - raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Nearly £10,000 raised on Sail4Macmillan Round Britain challenge

Crew with flag

27 June 2017

The two boats undertaking the 2017 Sail4Macmillan Round Britain challenge have completed their circumnavigation of the UK, raising nearly £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Arriving back at Fambridge Yacht Haven, the two boats and their crews were given a rapturous reception as they touched land having sailed over 2,000nm and suffered one major breakdown in the process!

Organised by Colin Stracey of Premier Sailing, the Round Britain sail aimed to raise vital funds for those who come into contact with cancer. Explaining the link to Macmillan, Colin said, "Most of us will come into contact with cancer at some time in our lives and Macmillan, as many of us know, are there to help and support both the patient and their family.  It is our personal experience of the superb care and support provided by Macmillan that has lead us to run this trip and I'm delighted that we've raised so much money for this worthy cause."

The fundraising total currently stands at £8,855 but with donations pouring in, Colin believes the final total will easily top £10,000!

Yacht Havens proudly supported the Sail4Macmillan event by providing free berthing at Largs, Troon, Neyland, Plymouth, Lymington and Fambridge in addition to giving the crews donations at each site (see photos below).

Congratulations to Colin, Jan, James and all the crew who participated in this wonderful event!

James' Story - the reason behind the trip

On Saturday 9th November 2013, James went to hospital with stomach ache. Later the surgeon would comment that he was surprised that James had managed to 'walk' into A&E. James underwent lengthy, emergency surgery and woke up to the unexpected diagnosis of bowel cancer with secondary tumours on his liver.

Since that day, James has undergone several major surgeries and chemotherapy treatment programmes.  He is currently undergoing chemo to shrink cancer cells present in his stomach. During times of treatment, as well as remission, Macmillan Cancer Support has been there for him providing support in so many aspects of his life, making this cancer journey that little bit easier ... and that little has made a lot of difference.  James commented, "The support they provide is vital to so many, and if we can raise enough for them to help just one person, to pay one gas bill, or buy one winter coat then, trust me, it will make all the difference".

In the Summer of 2015 James was well enough to raise over £3,000 for Macmillan by cycling 1300 miles across Europe. In 2016, the first Sail4Macmillan round Britain took place with sailors raising over £6,000 with James waiting on the pontoon ready to welcome the crews ashore at the finish line.

Donations are still open via their Just Giving page.