Forty-eight people took to the water as part of a Sail 4 Cancer respite sailing day last weekend. 12 families on board six Beneteau Oceanis 37 yachts, each with a professional skipper on board, enjoyed a fun day out organised by Britannia Corporate Events based in Hamble.
The charity Sail 4 Cancer provides sailing respite days for families affected by cancer. The day is a chance for families who been through some very dark times to escape and enjoy themselves.
Heartbreakingly, a number of the affected individuals are just children. For example Abi, aged 9, who has already fought her own battle with leukaemia and her and her sister Emily, 12, lost their mother to breast cancer within the past year. So it is truly endearing to see Abi all smiles as she helmed for most of the day!
To add an element of fun and competition, Britannia organised a game of Cluedo – with the clues scattered around the Solent and Cowes and the teams racing to reach them, to find out “whodunit”!
The sun came out, it was a steady breeze and the conditions could not have been more perfect as the team on “Carte Blanche” claimed victory and correctly identified the culprit! Well done team!
Cathy Jenkins from Sail 4 Cancer commented “Sail 4 Cancer would like to say an enormous thank you to Britannia Corporate Events for organising another amazing family sailing day. These days really do make a huge difference to the families involved, giving them the chance of spending quality time together in an exhilarating, fun environment far removed from hospital appointments, tests and treatment.”
In addition to organising the respite days, Britannia organises a number of events to help raise funds for Sail 4 Cancer. If you would like to donate– please visit Sail 4 Cancer, or if you would like to organise a sailing day for your company with a fundraising or charity element to help support Sail 4 Cancer, please visit www.britanniaevents.co.uk.