Poignant event for Farn­ham sailor

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Paul Stevens from Farn­ham has joined the Clip­per Round the World Race for the third and fourth leg of the eight­stage race.

He be­gan his voy­age from Cape Town, South Africa, and is ex­pected to ar­rive in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, in De­cem­ber.

On Box­ing Day, Mr Stevens will leave for the fi­nal leg of his jour­ney by rac­ing from Ho­bart in Tas­ma­nia to Air­lie Beach in north east Aus­tralia, ar­riv­ing mid- Jan­uary.

Mr Stevens is rais­ing money for Phyl­lis Tuck­well Hos­pice Care, a char­ity close to his heart af­ter his mother died from leukemia in 1977 when he was a young boy.

“Los­ing a loved one is never a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence but some­thing we all must go through at some point in our lives,” he said.

“Forty years ago, I lost my mum to leukaemia – she was only 29. Back then, as a fam­ily, we got very lit­tle out­side help or sup­port.

“Things are quite dif­fer­ent now and we have places such as the Phyl­lis Tuck­well Hos­pice Care, which pro­vides sup­port for adults, their fam­i­lies and es­pe­cially their chil­dren in pre­par­ing them for what is to come when par­ents have to live with cancer or other types of ter­mi­nal ill­nesses.”

Ev­ery day, Phyl­lis Tuck­well sup­ports more than 250 pa­tients, car­ers and rel­a­tives in their own homes, in the com­mu­nity and at the hos­pice in Farn­ham and at the Beacon Cen­tre, Guild­ford.

Mr Stevens said: “I’m most look­ing for­ward to the big waves, the big seas and the adren­a­line bit of the South­ern Ocean.

“This year is the 40th an­niver­sary of my mum dy­ing of leukaemia and I wanted to raise money for a lo­cal char­ity that sup­ports and cares for peo­ple who are liv­ing with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness, and their fam­i­lies.

“Phyl­lis Tuck­well does such an amaz­ing job, it’s a priv­i­lege to sup­port them.”

Ash­leigh Ten­nent, fundrais­ing man­ager for Phyl­lis Tuck­well, said: “We would like to thank Paul for choos­ing to sup­port us through this in­cred­i­ble chal­lenge and we wish him the very best of luck.

“It is only with the help of fundrais­ers like him we are able to pro­vide the level of care we give to lo­cal peo­ple who are liv­ing with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.”

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