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Cross Channel Challenge by Rudyard Youth Sailors

Fundraising for Maggie's Centres

90 %
raised of £5,000 target
by 138 supporters
  • Event: Cross Channel Challenge by Rudyard Youth Sailors, 07 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Maggie's Centres

We offer free support to people with cancer and their loved ones

Charity Registration No. SC024414


Cross Channel Challenge by Rudyard Youth Sailors

Sponsored by boohoo.

*** Update: The team completed the Cross Channel Challenge this weekend in just 7hrs 1min and 45s, ahead of the predicted 8-10 hours. A fantastic achievement and great weekend!

The team are so grateful to all our supporters, the money raised makes such a difference to Maggie's and everyone affected by cancer that visits the centre for support. If you haven't donated yet it's not too late!

Thanks must also go to our sponsors for their support with the Challenge. Thank you Carol Kane & boohoo, ABC Solutions, Hartley Boats & North Staffs Powerboat! Also to Andy & the Sailing Grace crew.**

The Story

A team of youth sailors from Rudyard Lake Sailing Club has set themselves the challenge to sail across the English Channel in a 15-foot sailing boat to raise funds for a special charity close to their hearts, Maggie’s Manchester. In the grounds of The Christie Hospital, Maggie’s is a cancer support charity that helps not just people with cancer, but also their loved ones too.

The Challenge

In September 2019, a team of youth sailors, aged 16 to 27, from Rudyard Lake SC plans to sail a 15-foot dinghy across the English Channel. Starting from Rye and finishing in Boulogne, the team of six will be supported by a mother ship and support RIB. The route is approximately 45 miles, crossing times can vary depending on conditions.

The team is raising funds for Maggie’s, an incredible charity that offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. No appointments or referrals are needed at Maggie’s it’s all about just coming in and finding help with the money worries, work problems and emotional challenges that cancer brings. Read more about the great work they do below.

The Idea

The thought of doing this Challenge was initiated following the donation of a new Hartley 15 sailing dinghy to the youth section (Jybaz) of Rudyard Lake Sailing Club by a local company, ABC Solutions. This boat is part of the sailing club’s drive to modernise its training fleet, to continue its growth, improve the availability of training for young people and support the current group of sailors.

The team are now very excited to announce boohoo Group as the sponsor for the challenge. Rudyard Lake is a place visited regularly by the Co-Founder of The boohoo Group Carol Kane. When she heard about the Youth Sailing Club’s mission to raise money for the amazing Manchester based charity Maggie’s Centre, she was very keen to give them both boohoo’s and her own personal support.

‘I’m delighted to be able to support the crew in their endeavour to sail across the English Channel. The team at the Rudyard Lake Sailing Club do great work, especially with their youth sailors and hope we can help to raise awareness and fund for this fantastic charity, Maggie’s Centre.’ Carol Kane – Co-Founder of The boohoo Group

Why Maggie’s Centre?

The work done by Maggie’s has recently helped one of our Jybaz and her family enormously during a very difficult time. Meg and Emma Smith first learnt to sail at Jybaz where they graduated from Oppies to the Racing Team and then became Instructors helping at the club for a number of years. Meg continued her sailing career when she went to university, competing with the Durham University 1st team in National Team Racing, finishing 5th nationally in her third year.

During her final year Megan was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma. Meg says “I found Maggie’s to be one of the most positive experiences of my whole cancer journey, it offered a haven for us all before each treatment, appointment or scan and helped with my anxiety”. 

Emma, her sister, says “Maggie’s and its staff made the Centre an oasis amongst the craziness of the hospital” The Smith family are delighted that the youth members have chosen Maggie’s as a charity to support as part of their Cross Channel Adventure. 

As a dedicated cancer support charity, Maggie’s makes you feel that you are not facing it all alone and you can talk to people who truly understand what you are going through. Cancer can feel like an incredibly isolating experience at times so having Maggie’s to visit really can make the world of difference.

By supporting Maggie’s, you are helping to ensure that all family and friends affected by cancer can have a safe, calm and welcoming place to go when they face tough times. It really does make a huge difference to many people and we are grateful for any donation you can give. 

About RLSC

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club is an RYA Training Centre and OnBoard club with a long and established youth section, known as Jybaz. They offer anyone aged 6-18 years the opportunity to try sailing in a safe, structured and fun environment, under the support of RYA Senior Dinghy Instructors.

RLSC work to the RYA Youth Sailing scheme, which enables those taking part to experience all the excitement and relaxation that being on the water offers, whilst at the same time teaching them a wide range of invaluable life skills, from problem solving to leadership and teamwork. 

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