Novice sailor Richard Dempster and his trusty seadog 'Freddie' (pictured) embarked on the biggest challenge of their lives - to sail single-handed round the UK to raise money for AICR.
Forced by injury and ill health to give up full-time teaching, Richard has run mini marathons and taken part in other events for charity before. Sadly he knows only too well how cancer can devastate families, having lost both parents and a close personal friend to the disease. He feels very strongly about raising awareness and support for AICR.
“I feel this is by far the biggest challenge I have ever undertaken,” he said. “There is very real difficulty and danger involved. I may have to overcome anything from mechanical breakdowns to the fear of the sea and being isolated. Unlike other events I have entered, I really don’t know if I can cross the finish line this time - but I am determined to do all I can to get through this.
“AICR is an amazing organisation, funding millions of pounds' worth of vital cancer research all over the world every year. The charity is truly international and supports some of the most promising scientists in the world. I am proud to be able to play my part in helping them in their battle against cancer. AICR receives no Government grants and relies solely on fundraisers like me to raise money so the more we can generate, the more research AICR can support.
“My family has been donating a small sum of money, via direct debit, to AICR every month for the last 16 years since both of my parents passed away. We felt it'd be appropriate to use this voyage to try to raise more money for the charity's vital work."
You can follow Richard's journey on his blog.
You can still make a donation to Richard through our website.