Warsash officer cadets raise £13,000 for Sail 4 Cancer

liferaft-15-thumb250Congratulations go out to our 42 intrepid officer cadets from Warsash Maritime Academy who braved the chilly and wet conditions to spend 24 hours in a life raft to raise much needed funds for sailing respite charity, Sail 4 Cancer.

On Friday 13 March at 5pm the students climbed into three life rafts, where they spent the next 24 hours secured to two buoys in the River Hamble.

liferaft1-15-250Cadet Liaison Officer David Baker, delighted at their achievement, said: “During the night, the temperature plummeted to about three degrees and with a 15 mile-an-hour wind chill this made conditions pretty uncomfortable for them. However, their steely determination and camaraderie ensured their resolve to finish the challenge and do themselves proud.”

Deck officer cadet Lauren Hookey who took part in the challenge, liferaft3-15-250added: “I have some of the most amazing funniest memories of my time in the life raft”.

The total raised so far has reached £13,000 and it is the second year that Warsash’s officer cadets have taken part in Sail 4 Cancer’s 24 hour life raft challenge, which raises funds to provide respite breaks for families affected by cancer.

liferaft4-15-250Sail 4 Cancer’s Fundraising Manager, Lizette van Niekerk, enjoyed working with the officer cadets at the academy and praised their enthusiasm for the charity’s work: “This challenge is one of the hardest and logistically most challenging, yet the students have come up trumps again and raised much needed funds for Sail 4 Cancer – this is going to make such a difference,” she said.

Well done everyone.

liferaft5-15-250Still time to donate! Click here sail4cancer.org/team-warsash









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