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Sailing 4 Cancer

The bravery of three men who boarded a life raft for 24 hours last month has raised money for Sail 4 Cancer.

The event, which took place on November 11, saw the challenge take place on the River Hamble in Hampshire.

The crew simulated a sailor’s worst nightmare by embarking on a real-life exercise of abandoning a vessel as if it were sinking, and boarding the life raft, where they spent their time.

Among cold, wet and cramped conditions, the men are pleased with their accomplishment.

Tristan, Ian and Scott all participated in the challenge as the charity was personal to them.

“My sister was admitted to hospital two years ago, at the age of 32, with a suspected sickness bug” says Tristen.

“Following numerous tests, they found a mass in her bowel. A tumour was blocking her bowel which was close to rupturing, so she needed life-saving emergency surgery and about a week later she was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

“She underwent a course of chemotherapy and has since made a good recovery.

“Sail 4 Cancer have been instrumental in her recovery, providing a great deal of support and a family break, so I felt I wanted to do my bit to say thank you.

“This challenge appealed to me as I spend a large amount of my spare time on the water.”

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