Team Cruising Free

Team Cruising Free's Atlantic Row for CF Trust

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Trust
raised of £50,000 target
Participants: Polly, Janine and Sophie
Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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We fund vital research to ensure effective treatments for all.



We are team Cuising Free and in all our madness, are planning to row across the Atlantic in January 2025. It's a 3,200 mile journey from Lanzarote to Antigua in a small ocean rowing boat. We are taking part in the Atlantic Dash event  and hope to complete the crossing in around 50 days . As a crew, we share the desire to truly live our lives, inspire others, and just for a while, be truly 'off our rowlocks'. 

Polly first noticed Atlantic rowers at the beginning of the noughties; she wasn’t a rower then and never dreamed that eventually she would be on the brink of such a challenge. Now, at 48, and in the throes of a classic mid-life crisis, this is her time for adventure and excitement.

Janine, having been a sea rower for 29 years, has always declined any suggestion of rowing the Atlantic. When this opportunity came up, for her at 68, it’s now or never.

Sophie has lived all her life with Cystic Fibrosis and because of the restrictions imposed by this condition never ever dreamed that she could be well enough to do a challenge like rowing an ocean. With new medication her life has been revolutionised, and so now at 30, this is the time. 

This leads us on to why we want to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition which causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system. It affects more than 10,800 people in the UK. One in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing. Whilst Sophie lives with CF, she is also a trustee for the charity, overseeing the work they do. As Sophie's story shows, there have been incredible advancements in treatment for CF but unfortunately not everybody can benefit from them. Even with the new treatments, there are many challenges faced by those with CF and life expectancy is still significantly reduced. Looking back at the progress in CF care over the past 60 years, the CF Trust have been instrumental in the developments. We want to raise money so that research and support can continue, in the hope that one day all those living with Cystic Fibrosis can Cruise Free through life. 

Please help us by donating now 😊

Thank you so much for your support,

Janine, Polly and Sophie x

About the charity

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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RCN 1079049 (England and Wales) & SC040196 (Scotland)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-shortening genetic condition that slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity fighting for a life unlimited, when everyone living with CF can look forward to a long, healthy life.

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