ROCK royalty Roger Daltrey was joined aboard a Clipper yacht by young people from a cancer ward.
The Who musician was given a tour of the 72ft boat along with eight patients from the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Southampton General Hospital.
The visitors were invited to see the Clipper yachts in Gosport, before they circumnavigate the globe for the 2015/16 Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race.
As well as the tour, they got to meet Roger and crew member Gary Colt, who is taking part in two of the eight race legs.
Gary is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after hearing from Roger, who is a patron of the charity, about the good work it does.
Roger said: ‘The day went well.
‘The charity and the unit are spectacular and they make a difference to the teenagers’ lives.
‘Their needs are so small and that’s what the charity tries to do.’
He added: ‘It’s great they can come and see the Clipper boats. I have so much admiration for the crew.
‘They are amateurs sailing around the world and that takes balls. The young people here today going through cancer – they have balls too.
The charity and the unit have been spectacular and they really make a difference to the teenagers lives.Roger Daltrey
‘They are just brilliant and have so much spirit.’
Cancer sufferer Dave Gregory said seeing the boat makes him want to take part in a race. The 21-year-old, from Basingstoke, was diagnosed with lymphoma in February.
He said: ‘I want to travel around the world and seeing the boat and meeting my idols alongside some of the crew was brilliant.
‘Roger was a genuine guy and you can tell he cares a lot for the charity which has really helped me.’
For Gary, who will be sailing in the first leg from England to Rio and then in the final leg from New York to London, it was important to use the race as an opportunity to raise awareness for the charity. He added: ‘I am friends with Roger and know of the hard work Teenage Cancer Trust does. It was important to me to raise money for them but also awareness.’
The Clipper race starts on August 30 and will see 12 boats sail around the world for 11 months.