Two boats from Fambridge have completed a Round Britain adventure while raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
SY Charlotte Elizabeth and SY Kingfisher have been sailed by crews of novices and experts on a 2 month adventure, with stopovers and fundraising events at various marinas along the way. The boats sailed back to Fambridge after completing the final leg from Plymouth, along the Solent and back to the East Coast.
Organised by Colin Stracey of Premier Sailing at Fambridge Yacht Haven, these Round Britain trips are now in their 3rd year with this year's circumnavigation raising over £9000 for Macmillan.
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.