FUNDRAISING NEWS: Patient's parents take to the sea for Cancer Research

Parents of a teenage boy with bone cancer have launched a sailing event named Boat for Life Day for Cancer Research UK.

A fleet of around 200 yachts set sail last week on a 95-mile voyage to Anglesey Island from Holyhead. One of the boats carried 20 children who have cancer.

The couple, Sally Heywood and Andrew Rawling, are boating enthusiasts and recruited boats and jet skiers to take part in the sponsored trip.

At the outset, 20 to 30 boats were signed up for the event, which spiralled to 200 due to local newspaper coverage and publicity through Cancer Research UK's Manchester office.

The event, which is set to become an annual fundraiser, included pleasure cruiser rides for children from the cancer ward and their families from Beaumaris on Anglesey to nearby Puffin Island.

The couple's son John, 14, is receiving treatment for a tumour on his chest in Pendlebury Children's Hospital, Manchester.

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