Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
My name is David Greer and I sustained a serious traumatic brain injury in June 2012.
Initially I was unable to walk, but with the support of: acute care, neuro rehabilitation, my family, Headway and a lot of personal courage and determination my recovery commenced. I have in the past 5 years made a significant recovery.
Living with brain injury is never easy and I still face frustrations. The biggest issue that I had to come to terms with was not being able to return to my role as a Chief Executive. This initially left me feeling that I had no purpose in life. After a period of personal reconciliation I decided to set myself the challenge of taking up road cycling with the aim of entering a sponsored cycle ride, not easy when my balance had not fully returned. But in August 2015 I successfully completed the Tour de Broads.
Several cycle rides later and I found myself looking for a new challenge, something that I need since sustaining a brain injury.
As a consequence I am now taking part in the "toughest endurance challenge on the planet"
The Clipper 17/18 Round the World Yacht Race.
This is a race between 12, 76 foot ocean racing yachts which will take around 11 months to complete. The race set off from Liverpool on 20th August 2017 and returns to Liverpool on 28th July 2018. We will sail through the calmest and roughest waters of the world and through blistering heat and freezing conditions and everything in-between. Our longest stretch at sea will be around 36 days, that's 36 days of 24/7 shifts. The race is made up of 13 races over 8 legs and over a course of 40,000 nautical miles. It includes participation in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race commencing on Boxing Day.
My training prepared me as well as possible, with my land training sponsored by Rossis Leisure in North Walsham (many thanks) and my sailing training delivered by Clipper Ventures Plc.
I left my home, wife, children and families and my beloved dogs on 30th July to help prepare my yacht in Gosport. On 9th August we sailed the fleet from Gosport to the race starting point in Liverpool. So a very busy time already.
My team is "PSP Logistics", skippered by ex RAF Weapons Mechanic Roy Taylor. I will deliver the role of lead Bosun amongst all of the other daily tasks.
I would like to raise some funding for Headway (UK) in recognition of the help and support that Marie and I received after my brain injury. All funding raised through this page goes to Headway (UK), none of it is covering my personal costs of participating in the race. Support post brain injury is critical as once the medical emergency is over it can be very difficult to find the specialist advice and support required to return to everyday life.
Any amount that you can spare for this cause will be greatly appreciated
Details of The Clipper 17/18 Round the World Yacht Race can be found here
There will be a live link to the race from 20th August
Thank you for listening and for any support that you can offer, I will provide updates of my journey as it progresses