28-31 August 2014

Best Foot Forward – MP Launches Coast to Coast walk fundraiser for Service Charity

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, reveals the Tall Ships Challenge 2014 – a coast to coast sponsored walk in Cornwall, in May, to raise funds for local based charity Turn to Starboard to take part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta this August.

The charity supports Armed Forces personnel, who often struggle with the experiences they have encountered on military operations, when they return home. Opportunities are provided for returning military staff to learn sailing skills and gain qualifications that could lead to a new career path.

Sarah Newton set up the Tall Ships Challenge in 2008 to raise funds to enable 12 young people from the Falmouth area to take part in the last Tall Ships Regatta. For 2014 Sarah is organising a sponsored walk challenge from the south coast to the north coast of Cornwall, and comments:

 “I am really pleased to be working with Shaun and the team at Turn to Starboard in undertaking my Tall Ships Challenge. Highlighting the immense contribution of our armed services is an important part of my work and I am pleased to be undertaking the challenge to underline my personal appreciation of the sacrifices they make for our country.”

A group will sail on board the Tall Ship Pelican, from Falmouth to Royal Greenwich in London as part of the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta at the end of August. “The group will be made up of 28 post-operational tour men and women who have served in Afghanistan,” says Shaun. “We will be racing against 40 other vessels. It will be a great shared experience – and we plan to win!”

Now based in the UK, Pelican was originally built in France in 1946 to work in the Arctic. She is a 44 metre Barquentine, with a hull derived from the clippers of the late 19th century and rig based on the Barbary Coast pirate ships of two centuries earlier. Pelican will be one of nine impressive A Class Tall Ships berthed in Falmouth Docks for the Regatta, these vessels will be open to the public for on board visits from 28th to 30th August.  A further 30 vessels will be berthed at Port Pendennis Marina and Custom House Quay.

Details of how to take part in the Tall Ships Challenge Coast to Coast sponsored walk,  are available from Sarah’s office on 01872 274760. The walk is on 3rd and 4th May and covers 27 miles from St Anthony’s Head on the Roseland to Holywell Bay near Newquay. To make a donation via Sarah’s page on the Virgin Money Giving website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SarahNewtonMP

Further information about the Turn to Starboard charity can be found on www.turntostarboard.co.uk

The latest information about the Regatta, 28th to 31st August 2014 and how to sign up to take part in the race can be found on www.falmouthtallships.co.uk, join us on Facebook ‘Tall Ships Falmouth 2014’ or follow us on Twitter  @tallships_2014