Ruari’s Sailing Trip Of A Lifetime

02 July 2003

Sail 4 Cancer take youngster on trip of a lifetime

An effervescent eight year-old boy suffering from a brain tumour enjoyed a specially arranged day’s sailing on the Solent, courtesy of the charity Sail 4 Cancer and Sunsail.

Ruari Allen, who has a germ cell brain tumour, was accompanied by his parents and elder brother and sister for the sail from Port Solent on the Sunsail Sunfast 37 yacht.  The trip included views of famous war ships such as the HMS Victory before settling at Cowes, the home of yachting, for lunch.

Speaking about the experience, Ruari said:

“I enjoyed every minute of the trip, it was so cool. The highlight was definitely being allowed to sail the yacht, I felt very special!”

Sail 4 Cancer was established by a group of keen sailors who have lost a close relative or friend to cancer in recent years. The Charity, which is run on a voluntary basis, was set up to raise funds for cancer treatment and research through the organisation of high profile sailing events. The Charity also provides sailing opportunities for cancer patients and their families with the aim of improving their quality of life.

Richard Groome from Sail 4 Cancer said:

“Ruari’s day out was an endorsement of everything they strive to achieve.  It was wonderful to see the joy and excitement on Ruari’s face as he took to the water for the first time.  Sailing enables those suffering from cancer a chance to relieve some of their tension and anxiety, albeit for a short time. I am extremely grateful to Sunsail for their help in organising the trip and hope there will be many more events of this nature in the future.”

Ruari’s Sailing Trip Of A Lifetime
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