A yacht is racing round the Isle of Wight this weekend in memory of local woman Claire Reed.
Newly wed Claire, who lived at Sand Martin Close in Eastleigh was only 22 when she died unexpectedly of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in March last year.
Since then her widower Andy and Mum and Dad – Graham and Anne Hunter – have together with friends and family raised nearly £36,000 for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which has so far funded three free cardiac screening sessions for 14 – 35 year-olds at Fleming Park.
Ros and Pete Henshaw, the owners of yacht ‘B Natural’ are friends of Claire’s brother Peter and were determined to do what they could to raise funds for screenings to try and prevent more needless deaths.
B Natural skipper Mike Sisley is a three time veteran of the Round the Island race and persuaded the Henshaw’s to race the yacht for charity.
Skipper Mike, along with Pete, Ros and their daughter Tess have along with crew members Andy Corry, Lynda Watts, Matt Briggs and Don Bishop set themselves a target of £5,000 and by Friday had already collected £3,800.
The Hunter family dressed in distinctive pink campaign T-shirts were at Hythe Marina on Thursday to toast the crew on their way with champagne.
Graham Hunter said:
“We are over the moon they are doing this and are overwhelmed by the amount of money thye have raised without even leaving the quay.”
Graham revealed that 2% of the young people so far screened had been referred for further investigation and vowed that the money raised would continue to fund local screening sessions.
Why not help the crew hit their target and maybe save a young life by making a donation to their just giving page here ?
Check out photos and news of B Natural’s progress on their facebook page here