A WOMAN set sail around the world on Sunday to raise money for Cancer Research UK - and she will not be back for a year.
Lesley Roberts, from Scarrington, decided to take on the challenge of the world’s longest round the world yacht race in memory of her mother, who died four years ago.
She has already raised £3,000 for the charity, but hopes to increase the amount dramatically over the next year.
The day before joining the boat Lesley was feeling the nerves. She said: “I join the boat tomorrow and am frantically packing.
“I’m feeling a bit at sixes and sevens and would be lost without Ali, who has come over to help me pack and stop me changing my mind about racing round the world for a year!
“Right now I can’t imagine what possessed me to think this was a good plan!”
The boat, which is called the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, set out on the Clipper race with Lesley and 17 other crew on Sunday. They will compete on their 68ft racing yacht with 10 other boats to cover a total of 40,000 miles in the fastest possible time.
The race is due to finish on July 22, 2012.
Lesley said: “We will cross four oceans and experience vast swings in temperature, tropical storms and the becalming Doldrums. Less people have circumnavigated the globe by boat than have summited Everest!”
Area Volunteer Manager for Cancer Research UK, Chloe Higgins, said: “Lesley is a true inspiration and we are so grateful to have her support.
“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters, like Lesley Roberts, without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”
To support Lesley and follow her journey go to www.justgiving.com/J-Lesley-Roberts