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Yachts taking part in last years Clipper Round the World Race			             	  Picture: onEdition

‘Team spirit’ will keep us buoyant on global challenge

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For the past 12 years Margaret Shaw, of Copnor, Portsmouth, has helped poor children living overseas through Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. She fills up boxes with treats and everyday essentials before donating them to the charity’s Operation Christmas Child project.

Ian Thorburn, 64, of North End, Portsmouth has been a volunteer for Tools With a Mission for two years. It’s a charity which takes people’s unwanted tools overseas to help the lives of underprivileged people.

Tony Wilkins, 49, secretary for Dunham Bush FC, Havant, organised a five-a-side football tournament in his spare time for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

Nicola Laing, pictured, is a volunteer at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. Last Christmas she worked 300 hours – an incredible 44 out of 45 pantos. She managed to do this despite being a mum-of-four and having a child with cerebral palsy.

Stacy Lunn, 43, of North End, Portsmouth has been a volunteer for Chernobyl Lifeline Charity’s Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link for six years. As family liaison officer, she helps to organise the stays for children, even taking some of them in himself.

Nick Courtney, 52, of Baffins, Portsmouth, has given up his time for the last 10 years as an unpaid music promoter putting on events for unsigned bands across Portsmouth.