Ken Fowler


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

Ken Fowler

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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

30.09.17 Well done Ken, a fantastic achievement with some extraordinary memories.

01.09.17 Well done. you are an inspiration

31.08.17 Well done Ken on an incredible achievement.

18.08.17 Many congrats! Great effort. Steve (Emperor)

04.08.17 From all the raffle ticket buyers at "An Evening with Ken Fowler". Great evening and a great adventure.


04.08.17 Ken My brother Charles and I both dinghy sailors, thoroughly enjoyed your talk on Wed 2nd Aug. No failure as your voyage time limited by work. Heroic efforts on many stages as weather conditions varied. We commend your support team as well. Jonathan

04.08.17 Awesome achievement Ken. You are crazy!

02.08.17 Good luck tonight Ken and well done on making it all the way to Scotland in that small boat. Joy

29.07.17 Brilliant achievement Ken. Sooner you than me!

21.07.17 From all the cake makers and eaters at Mudeford Beach Huts. Well done Ken - a truely amazing adventure.

19.07.17 Amazing trip adventure Ken and for two great causes. Well done.


07.07.17 Well Done Ken You don't know me but I know your friends Maureen and Ken who have told me about all your exploits. I am happy to add this donation in support of both worthy causes


06.07.17 Amazing very impressed. Well done

03.07.17 Great effort Ken. Well done.


01.07.17 Well done Ken - great causes.

01.07.17 Well done Ken. An amazing achievement and a very worthwhile cause.

26.06.17 Truly awesome Ken. My first donation of 50 seemed wholly inadequate for what you achieved. So here's another 50. Well done Dude.

26.06.17 Well done, Ken! Impressive stuff and a great cause.

24.06.17 Fantastic achievement Ken - all the best

24.06.17 Well done!



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