Ken Fowler

Charities

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We’ve saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. We fund research into more than 200 types of cancer from the most common, such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers, to rare types of tumours and children’s cancers, we support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone.
The Oakhaven Trust
Oakhaven Hospice provides care and support for people, carers and their families who are dealing with complex physical emotional and practical difficulties arising from life limiting illness. We provide this support both within the Hospice and out in the wider community. Our services are always free of charge and with just 13% of our £3million running costs funded by the NHS. Thus we are heavily reliant upon the goodwill of our community in addition to the charitable trusts and organisations who are supportive of our mission to provide the specialist care so highly valued in our local area.
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Race To Scotland - An Epic Sailing Challenge

Fundraiser: 
Ken Fowler

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/epicsail

One day you have this crazy idea to sail a dinghy about the size of two bath tubs from one end of the UK to the other. You then wonder is it possible? A bit of research and you find that only one person has ever successfully achieved it in the past - but it took them 64 days! So now we have a challenge - make this epic solo journey in a smaller boat and do it faster (because you can't have that amount of time off work!). 

If you wanted to summarise this challenge in one sentence try:

"20-30 days of solo sailing, 8-10 hours a day, for 900 plus miles with big seas, wild coastline, remote landing sites, whirlpools and ripping tides - all in a small bit of plastic with a sail attached."

After reading that you might question my sanity so why am I attempting this crazy challenge?

My father died from cancer when I was only 24. He was one of six siblings, five of whom died from cancer. My mother looked after him for months - a hard time for them both, before he was admitted to our local hospice. The care he recieved there was amazing and made my father's last days as pain free and comfortable as they could be. After his death I discovered that when he was quite young he had come home to discover his mother dead after she had gassed herself using an oven. She had been diagnosed with cancer, in an era when it was effectively a death sentence and she felt unable to deal with life with cancer. I cannot imagine the impact that must had upon him.

I think that is the the thing about cancer, it touches us all in some way or another. That is why I am raising money for the excellent work that Cancer Research and our local Oakhaven Hospice do.

Choosing a target for how much money to raise is always difficult. You want to raise as much as possible, but don't want to aim for a figure that is unrealistic. In choosing the traget for this challenge I was hit by the the statistics that 50% of people born after 1960 will get Cancer at some time in their life and that 50% of those people will now survive longer than 10 years after a Cancer diagnosis. So that's why my fundraising target is £50,000. I know it is a big one, but hopefully with your kind generosity we can reach this goal and make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

Thank you for taking the time to read about "my story" and I hope it gives you a better understanding of why I'm taking on this epic challenge and why the execellent causes I'm raising money for need your kind support.

Every donation large or small is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much and wish me luck (I'll need it!)

Recent donors

29.04.17

29.04.17 Ken, Good luck - you're crazy enough to do this with days to spare and already planning your next crazy scheme.

29.04.17 I think you're nuts but if anyone can do it I'm sure you can. I reckon your preparation for this challenge will be second to none, but a little luck goes a long way, so good luck.

29.04.17 What a challenge! Very best of luck. We'll be following your progress avidly.

28.04.17

28.04.17 Good luck Ken

28.04.17 Good luck!

28.04.17 Spent many happy hours at Highcliffe sailing club years around 1995 - 2000 good luck Ken

28.04.17 We will be following your progress all the way Ken !

28.04.17 Good luck, great cause, great challenge. Sixty minutes in a Comet is enough for me!

28.04.17

28.04.17 What an exciting and daunting challenge! The very best of luck to you mate!

28.04.17 I name this boat Sea Trooper - Good luck and stay safe on your awesome adventure

28.04.17 Best of luck out there Ken!

28.04.17

27.04.17 I name this boat. Florence - Flo for short. One of best known Carers of all times. Fair winds Ken

27.04.17 Good Luck Ken.

27.04.17 Good luck Ken. Have an amazing journey to Scotland.

27.04.17 Wishing you a very smooth passage Ken! Best of luck

27.04.17 Best of luck Ken, just steer clear of that whirlpool!

27.04.17 May the winds be with you! The very best of luck Ken. We name this boat C challenger

27.04.17 Best of luck, Ken!

26.04.17 I name this boat Scotty because its going to Scotland

26.04.17 I name this boat "dauntless" for the fearless and courage shown by Ken who is undertaking this amazing challenge

26.04.17 Take away fish and chips from Stein's in Padstow expensive but tasty.

£9,510.37

Running total

Target:
£50,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£11,389.21
Total donors:
154
Last donor:
James W
29.04.17  
Offline fundraising:
£1,050.00
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