Kay's Story - During the 2009 Fastnet Campaign I discovered a problem & immediately afterwards was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Straight into Chemotherapy then surgery, more chemo & finally 5 weeks of Radiotherapy. A year down the line a CT scan declared me in remission.
We were shot to pieces as a family & I was totally unprepared for the prospect of trying to return to work. Then I got a phone call out of the blue from Cathy Jenkins at Sail 4 Cancer....She offered the family a Nielson beach based holiday for two weeks in Turkey and we jumped at the marvellous opportunity. There was no worry or pressure involved in preparing or going on this holiday and it was exactly what we needed to take stock & regroup after our year long ordeal. I cannot thank the charity enough.
Neal's Story - My Dad, Henry Leslie Basil Yeoell – ‘Harry’ - lost his battle with prostate cancer on 12 Dec 2009 in Tiverton Hospital, Devon. Dad was born on 24 October 1931 in Plymouth, lost his own father when HMS Jaguar was torpedoed off Tripoli in March 1942 during WWII and was evacuated from Plymouth to Okehampton with his Mother, Brother and Sister. This is a common story for those years which unsurprisingly affected his early years at school. The light went on in his early twenties, he attended night school whilst working long days and managed to break into the electrical power industry. There followed a full career in which he worked on coal and oil fired plants as well as gas and nuclear installations around the globe. He loved to travel, loved his sport but above all enjoyed the simple things in life. We are all very proud of him.
Dad had fought his cancer with dignity and strength for two long years undergoing session after session of chemotherapy whilst taking a cocktail of strong drugs every day. With hindsight we can now identify certain signs such as the need to go to the loo 6 or 7 times a night that might have led to earlier identification of Dad’s cancer and possibly given him a better chance. But that is hindsight and the conclusion is clear - men are not good at looking in the mirror and admitting to themselves that something is wrong. They don’t get themselves checked and need to do so!
Competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Campaign with Draig O’r Mor is an opportunity to raise money for Sail 4 Cancer in Dad’s memory and to help others suffering from prostate cancer. Please help
We are aiming to raise £10,000 which we hope should be enough to pay for at least 2 families to go on a respite holiday. Do you know someone affected by cancer? You can nominate them for a holiday or make a donation at