What a week!
I have said it before, but I am so overwhelmed by the generosity of people, and the support and help that I am getting.
Things just keep getting better, Vanilla Catering and Events contacted us a while ago, and have not only made us their chosen charity project for the year and to provide all the food on the swim and training swims but also offered to organise a fundraising dinner. Something Polly and I just don’t have the time to do – certainly not to the standard Vanilla can!
Sally Ann Pickles (Managing Director of Vanilla Catering and Events) has managed to do something I could have only dreamt about. Somehow, she has organised for us to have the fundraising dinner onboard HMS Victory.
Since a young age, I have always been in or on the water, and have been fortunate enough to race all over the world. What better venue to amalgamate my first passion (sailing), with my love of the water. This ship is truly iconic, and has so much history. It will be a real honour to fine dine onboard.
Not only will we be treated to some exquisite Hampshire food, but Dee Caffari has agreed to be our guest speaker on the evening. The legendary British yachtswoman, is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times.
Recently Dee was part of Team SCA taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15, Dee secured the Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record for an all-female crewed monohull of 4 days 21 hrs 39 secs.
Not only is Dee an incredible sailor, and someone who I admire hugely, but she gives a massive amount of her time and expertise to charity. For many years she has sailed with the tri-service charity Toe in the Water but more recently she helped raise over £1,000,000 for Sport Relief through the Hell on High Seas challenge,
where she, and a number of other professional sailors, took six unsuspecting celebrities on a journey offshore from Belfast to London on a Volvo Ocean Race yacht. I am sure like you, I am keen to hear all about that! Over the years I have been privileged enough to hear a number of professional sportsmen and women speak publicly – but none of them are as inspirational or engaging as Dee.
Dee and HMS Victory – get that ticket order in fast!
If you would like to order tickets for this amazing event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you don’t miss out.
All money raised from this event will be going directly to our chosen charities:
Meningitis Now and The Marine Conservation Society
Any donations, will make a huge difference, and now you can text:
IWMN60 £5 TO 70070 for Meningitis Now .
IWMC60 £5 TO 70070 for Marine Conservation Society.