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Thursday 19 March 2015

Warsash cadets raise £13,000 for charity

Could you spend 24-hours in a life-raft? Cadets from Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy did just that, so far raising £13,000 for Sail 4 Cancer.

On Friday 13 March, with determination and good spirit, 42 cadets donned foul weather gear and boarded life-rafts tethered to buoys in the River Hamble, where they stayed for 24 hours in wet and chilly conditions, testing their endurance and team-building skills to the limit.


Supporting Sail 4 Cancer, a specialist cancer respite charity with a sporting focus, for the second year running, the challenge is designed to imitate seafarers cast adrift with their boat sinking behind them. It provides a valuable training experience for the cadets, who stormed their funding target of £200 each, which will help to provide respite breaks for families affected by cancer.

Delighted at their achievement, Cadet Liaison Officer David Baker said: “During the night the temperature plummeted to about three degrees and with a 15 mile-per-hour wind-chill this made conditions pretty uncomfortable.

“However, the cadets’ determination and camaraderie ensured their resolve to finish the challenge and they did themselves proud,” he continued.

Sail 4 Cancer’s Fundraising Manager, Lizette van Niekerk, praised the cadets’ enthusiasm for the charity’s work: “This challenge is one of the hardest and logistically most challenging, yet the students have come up trumps again and raised much needed funds which will make such a difference.”

Donations can still be made via the Team Warsash Sail 4 Cancer webpage.