Poignant event for Farnham sailor
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.”