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Atlantic Crossing for Charity

From Disability View magazine, September / October 2003

 

Stuart Boreham gets ready for his fund-raising trip.Stuart Boreham, a Clerical Medical Investment Manager for the HBOS Insurance and Investment Division, is set to battle rough seas and stormy weather this October, in a bid to become the first physically disabled rower to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. The challenge is part of the HBOS Foundation's pledge to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Relief in 2003, and so fund eight Macmillan nurses across the UK.

Stuart, who has cerebral palsy, will attempt to row unassisted and unsupported across the North Atlantic in his purpose built ocean rowing boat “Macmillan Spirit”. He will set off from La Gomera in the Canaries on 12th October, and is set to arrive in Barbados in the Caribbean approximately 80 days later having rowed, navigated and maintained the boat single-handedly for some 2,900 miles.

Stuart has already travelled alone around the world, having taken part in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race. He said: "Achievement in any walk of life is about belief in yourself. Coping with a disability is similar in many ways to living with a cancer diagnosis, which is one of the reasons I named my boat 'Macmillan Spirit'. By having determination and courage people have the ability to cope with, and overcome, huge obstacles in their lives.” DV


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