Lori Murdock


Macmillan Cancer Support
At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. Your body, your relationships, your money, everything. But Macmillan is here to help people live life, no matter what. We give you the support you need to hold on to who you are and what’s important. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need to face one of the toughest fights of their lives. Life with cancer is still life -let’s help people live it. We are a charity registered in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SCO39907) and the Isle of Man (604).
Hospiscare is the local hospice charity, delivering expert end of life care for Exeter, mid and east Devon. We care for patients in our Hospice, Day Care centres and in the community.
Force Cancer Charity
FORCE is a Devon based charity committed to people whose lives are affected by cancer. Over the last 29 years FORCE has raised over £12 million to help fund local cancer services. Why local? Simply because anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Although FORCE was originally set up in 1987 to fund local research, (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter); the Charity has responded to the changing needs of people affected by cancer. In 2004 we opened a purpose built Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. The Centre offers a relaxing supportive environment where people can access a full range of advice, support and information under one roof. In addition to supportive care, and the purchase of important equipment to improve treatment, FORCE remains committed to local cancer research. FORCE funds research within the Peninsula Medical School which is currently focused on lung and ovarian cancers. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK and it can spread to the brain as a secondary tumour. Our research is focused on understanding how this cancer spreads through the behaviour of certain cells. Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to treat because the early stages of the disease are relatively symptom-free and patients are often not diagnosed until the cancer has spread. The actual processes involved in the spread of ovarian cancer are not really understood and FORCE funded research is hoping to change this. This year our funding requirements will top £1.25 million - all of this sum will be raised through voluntary contributions. In an increasingly global world, FORCE focuses on local people, offering help and support, face to face. If you would like to learn more about the work of FORCE please call 01392 402875.

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Lori Murdock

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About me.....

I am a retired solicitor and law lecturer who was given just months to live after being diagnosed with cancer and I am embarking on a dream to sail around the coast of Britain.

I began planning the voyage when doctors told me there was no cure for my aggressive form of skin cancer. I intend to set sail from Falmouth, Cornwall and sail anticlockwise around the UK.

I will stop off at various locations around the country as part of the trip, in which I hope to raise awareness of melanoma and cash for my chosen cancer charities.

I have been fortunate enough to have sailed across the Atlantic and to exotic locations like the Galapagos Islands but when I was given just nine months to live I realised I did not know the coast of my own beautiful island.

I  was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in September 2009 and part of the trip is to raise awareness of the symptoms of melanoma in the hope that other sufferers might get an early diagnosis and the treatment needed to combat the disease.

Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer but it can be cured in most cases if you catch it early. I want to encourage everyone I meet along the way to check their skin, get to know it so you can spot any change, however small. Get it checked out straight away. If you are worried ask to be referred to a specialist.

Malignant melanoma is the second fastest growing cancer in young people between 15 and 35. Be aware and encourage the young people around you to use factor 50, not to burn and not to use sun beds. 

We expect to be at sea for three months but Betty is a seasoned seadog and shouldn’t be too fazed by a few months at sea. We will have to give her shore leave as often as we can so she gets her exercise though. Betty has her own lifejacket which she has been wearing since she was a puppy. I have two small boats on the river Exe at Topsham and Betty has been sailing since she was 14 weeks old. The problem with Betty is that she thinks every boat on the water belongs to her and given half a chance will just leap aboard, I think she's a bit of a pirate at heart.....

Early August 2013 my appendix burst in the last lock before the sea lock in the Crinan Canal in Scotland! Of all my health problems I didnt see that one coming! I have now set off again in April 2014 to finish what I started. I set sail from Totnes to sail up to Oban and the trip should take a few weeks. 

This spring I took another 525 nms off my route via the Isles of Scilly but I still have a few days sail left to do, from Holyhead to The Clyde. I shall set sail again in July and hope to finish the circumnavigation in a few days.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to my celebration party last week we raised a fantastic £1450 for the charities, including Melanoma Focus and I am extremely grateful to all who came along, those that didn't make it but still donated money, the bands- The Montgomerys and Owen and Friends who were wonderful, and the team that did all the hard work. Many many thanks-typical of me to have the party before the sail is over.......opps!

Now time to set off again on the final leg to 'join the dots' a very enjoyable stretch awaits, north Wales to the Clyde. Should only take a week but I am looking forward to another adventure.

Recent donors

19.08.14 Good luck with your journey on all counts!

18.08.14 You are an inspiration . Just read you 'story' in express and Echo

12.08.14 Fantastic achievement Lori despite an appendix having other thoughts.

09.08.14 Congratulations on reaching the finish line, what an amazing and inspirational journey!

09.08.14 So happy for you; many congratulations.

09.08.14 You are an inspirational, amazing woman. Be proud. Lots of love xx

11.07.14 You are a wonderful woman. Congratulations on this great achievement.

27.06.14 This is the amount raised from the celebration party last week which was a fantastic £1450! £400 has been donated to Melanoma Focus the balance of £1050 will be divided between the charities here. Thanks to everyone who came, donated or helped love Lori x

21.06.14 Great time at the party last night Lori :-) The Montgomerys were awesome!


24.05.14 An inspiration. Fair winds. xxx

13.05.14 I am amazed at your energy levels Lori . Following you all the way . xx

04.05.14 Good luck for the last leg

18.04.14 Wishing you a fair wind and a following tide xxx

18.04.14 Good luck with your fantastic voyage!



15.02.14 Good luck, a charity and awareness which I've been touched by xxx

15.02.14 Good Luck Lori!

14.02.14 Happy Sailing Lori! Kim x


01.10.13 Lori, thank you so much for taking part in our research study. Best wishes & kind regards Pharma Fieldwork

27.09.13 luc C and S xx

27.08.13 Dear Lori, skipper from Topsham you are wonderfull, it is inspiring to know you

23.08.13 Hi Lori, I heard about your trip recently. It's a wonderful idea, I hope that it's a success and that you are having a lovely time. Best wishes, Mei-An


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Vicky Mahoney
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