Tropic 4 Cancer

30 May 2013

Sail 4 Cancer supporter Richard Mayon-White will attempt a solo crossing by boat along the Tropic of Cancer across the Atlantic Ocean between October and December 2013. Given Richard’s long standing association with Sail 4 Cancer and sister charity Bike 4 Cancer, Richard will be calling the campaign “Tropic 4 Cancer”.

The voyage will start in Gibraltar, and Richard will then sail south, following the western coastline of Morocco and the Western Sahara, until reaching the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees north. Richard will then alter course to steer the yacht due west along the Tropic of Cancer, which he will follow for 3,000 miles until reaching Antigua.

The Objective

The aim of the Challenge is to raise funds for two beneficiary charities on a 50/50 share basis. The two beneficiary charities are the Sobell House Hospice and Sail 4 Cancer. The aim will aim to raise £40,000 in total.

How Your Donations Will Be Used

Donations will be used to fund a research initiative run by Sobell House in Oxford which aims to educate, empower and support the lay carers (family & friends) of terminally ill patients. In addition, Sail 4 Cancer will establish a Sobell House Respite Fund, which will provide appropriate respite holidays and activities for patients and carers involved in the scheme.  This initiative is designed to pilot and test interventions that fit into the National End of Life Care Strategy.

100% of the money you donate will go to Sail 4 Cancer and Sobell House.  All funds are being equally divided between Sail 4 Cancer and Sobell House.Donations of any amount are very welcome.  Each donation of £10 (or multiples of £10) will also have a designated mile of the voyage attributed to you (or whoever you choose).  You will receive a ‘name check’ in the daily log on the day your mile is sailed.

About Sobell House

Sobell House provides care and support for people throughout Oxfordshire affected by terminal illness. Each year they care for around 3,000 individuals and their families either through their in-patient unit, Day Centre drop in service and community nursing teams who visit patients in their own homes, making sure that their needs are adequately cared for and that they have provision for the best care possible.

They care for the whole patient, physically psychologically and spiritually and with a focus on the individuals needs rather than the generic disease. Patients with life limiting illnesses often need more care than those whose illness is curable or chronic which can often leave the individual feeling vulnerable and disadvantaged. “Our aim is to make life as normal, pain-free , and fulfilling as possible in the time they have remaining.”

About Sail 4 Cancer

Sail 4 Cancer will use the funds raised to provide respite breaks for families affected by cancer, to provide sailing weekends for teenagers with cancer and to provide breaks for young carers. At a time when normal life has been overtaken by hospital appointments and treatment, when worry, fear and uncertainty are part of every day, it can be so helpful and indeed healthy to take a little time out together doing something different, enjoyable, exhilarating and memorable. Often however illness brings financial constraints which mean such an opportunity is out of reach to those who need it most and this is where Sail 4 Cancer step in. Whether it’s for a day, a weekend or a week, we offer desperately needed respite to families and individuals living with cancer.

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