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Alliance With Macmillan Cancer Support

02 August 2005

Sail 4 Cancer has announced an alliance with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide respite services to cancer patients across the UK.  Sail 4 Cancer will provide a range of water-based respite days for families affected by cancer across the UK.

The first of many days out on the water took place during Skandia Cowes Week and on 1 August, global computer giant IBM kindly donated the use of two 50 foot yachts to take cancer patients and their families out to watch the racing.

In addition to the two IBM trips, Sail 4 Cancer and Macmillan will be taking a further 10 people out on the water this week who have been affected by cancer.  Look out for the traditional ocean-going yacht, ‘Patrician of Arne’ on Wednesday 3rd and Saturday 6th of August branded up in Sail 4 Cancer colours.

Sail 4 Cancer would like to extend its thanks to Peter Cardy, Managing Director of Macmillan whose team (Sue Childs and Nicky Booth) have worked tirelessly to find people who are most in need of a break from cancer.

Graham Precey, Chairman of Sail 4 Cancer said:

“This is a great first step with Macmillan. We look forward to working with them closely in the future.  Their network of healthcare professionals will be invaluable when sourcing cancer patients for future sailing trips and holidays.”

Sail 4 Cancer representative Glenda shiner who hosted the Trip said:

“It really was a great day out. It was so hot we even had people swimming off of the back of the boat… their first swim for ages apparently!  One family said that this was the first time that they had been out together as a family since cancer treatment.  Everybody enjoyed the experience and IBM entertained us very well so a BIG thank you to them as well.  It was a great day with lots of happy faces.”

Chris Doughty, one of the beneficiary crew members said:

“I had a really great day and found it difficult to tear myself away. I haven’t had so much fun in ages. Well done everyone!”

 

Alliance With Macmillan Cancer Support
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