“I knew this was an adventure I needed to be a part of, at a time when I needed to prove that I could still challenge myself in life.
Just 3 months later, I heard about a boat (Oceans of Hope) sailing around the world, crewed by people living with MS. Somehow, I knew this was an adventure I needed to be a part of, at a time when I needed to prove that I could still challenge myself in life. I decided to apply!
I flew to the USA and sailed 400 miles from Charleston to Fort Lauderdale. It was not all easy, but it was the adventure of a lifetime, and I returned a different person, having discovered the joy of sailing and learning and working as a team to achieve something amazing! This newfound confidence, along with medical advances in the treatment of MS, lifestyle changes and being able to pace myself and have adequate rest, have helped me to change my life.
In 2015 I met Robert Munns, who had also been part of the circumnavigation. He had an inspiring idea to organise more sailing adventures so others living with MS could experience what we had. Working together we formed our charity, Oceans Of Hope UK, and we now organise regular sailing challenges for people with MS both in the UK and other countries.
Being a Trustee and volunteer with Oceans Of Hope UK has given me a renewed sense of purpose in life. I see the difference participating in these adventures makes in other people’s lives, and I love being part of the wonderful oceans of hope family.
Leading Oceans of Hope UK has reignited a passion for adventure and new experiences which had been quashed since my MS diagnosis…