AN old dinghy will soon be setting sail to raise money for charity.
Charles Hull, 84, who lives in Charlton, has sailed on Chichester Harbour for more than 50 years.
But now he wants to sail Harriet, his GP14 dinghy, around every inlet at Chichester Harbour to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“I’m really excited for the sailing,” said Mr Hull.
“It’s going to be a reasonable challenge for the very old dinghy.”
Mr Hull said he has had a love for dinghy sailing for more than 50 years.
“It was an obvious inspiration for our venture to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“My motive for the challenge is personal and general.
“We have had in the family, instances of people who have died very young.
“As far as my experience goes, I’m well aware of the large amount of money that has been raised for cancer and the enormous help it has had on new remedies and drugs.
“I personally feel very strongly that Cancer Research UK is a cause most worthy of our attention now when so much progress is being made to combat this formidable disease.
“With more funds, who knows what could be achieved and how much more suffering prevented?”
The challenge will involve sailing the ‘ancient’ dinghy over five days in May or June – whenever the tides and weather conditions are right for the trip.
The team consists of Mr Hull, his family and friends Robin and Ros Priestly from Tangmere.
Harriet will set sail from Cobnor, ready for the adventure over every creek and inlet on the five main channels of the harbour – which, according to Mr Hull, is ‘one of the most extensive dinghy sailing areas in the country’.
He said although fundraising had been hard work, organising the trip had been a ‘tremendous’ and ‘exciting’ challenge.
“Of course raising the money has been difficult, but we are optimistic,” he said. “So with a fair wind behind us, let’s go for it!”
To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/Harriett-gp14