One charity bid helps another in mid-Atlantic

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A YACHT sailing the Atlantic in aid of a Fareham-based charity has been called on to help a pair of rowers who were running short of food.

The crew of the White Whisper, which is fundraising for the Rainbow Centre, were asked by Falmouth coastguard to rendezvous with the rowers, who are attempting to cross the ocean for Parkinson’s UK.

The rowers of Papa Delta only had two weeks of rations left after much of their food was destroyed in stormy weather, but were facing at least four more weeks of rowing.

Ian Piper, chief executive at the centre, said: ‘This is an amazing story of bravery, courage and help for those in need. What a coincidence that the crew of one boat raising funds for charity is able to support the crew raising funds for another related charity.

‘We are immensely proud of the services we provide for adults and this story paints a vivid picture of the courage, dedication and mutual support needed to change the life of people with Parkinson’s and similar conditions.’