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Heather Broadbent, Class of 1986

11 months, 40,000 miles around the world.

“My name is Heather Broadbent, I am a 50 year old woman, a novice sailor with 2 grown daughters. I am taking part in the ultimate personal challenge: the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. Part of a team I will circumnavigate the globe to raise funds and awareness for my charity.”

Heather has set herself a challenge which is going to test her physically, mentally and emotionally. Having never sailed before she is immersing herself in a rigorous training regime so that she can embark upon a 40,000 mile journey in August this year.

Usually a race for seasoned pros this amateur version was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo nonstop around the world. It enables ordinary people to come together and face one of the biggest challenges of their lives.

Alongside enduring a tough training programme Heather is aiming to raise £40000 for East Cheshire Hospice @ Home; an amazing service which gives patients more choice and control about the care they receive and where they receive that care.

Heather’s daughter Alex, Class of 2011, has been in touch about the challenge: “When my mum told me about planning to go on her trip she initially said that she would be going on a single one month leg. Straight away I thought, that doesn’t sound like her, if she’s doing something she doesn’t do half measures. 11 months in one of the most extreme challenges you can do - that sounds more like it. I’m so proud of her, she’s so brave, so strong and so inspiring.”

Follow Heather’s adventure via her blog: and support her fundraising efforts for East Cheshire Hospice:

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