Sailor stops off at Blyth on charity fundraiser

A sailor receiving treatment for cancer stopped off at Blyth as part of his circumnavigation of Britain.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:41 am
Olle Nash with Blyth Harbour Master Edwin Dick.

Olle Nash is undertaking the trip of a lifetime around England, Wales and Scotland to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 63-year-old is on active chemotherapy treatment for bowel cancer and permanently dependent on a colostomy, which his family have named Boris.

And last Thursday, he stopped off at the Port of Blyth

Sarah Goldie, a Relationship Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Northumberland, said: “Olle’s fundraising will not only help people diagnosed with cancer in the short-term, but also the many more people who will receive the lifechanging news they have cancer in the future.

“With Macmillan research suggesting that tens of thousands of people in the UK are currently living with an undiagnosed cancer as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the harsh reality is that more people could receive their diagnosis at a later stage, pushing up the likelihood that they’ll have more cancer-related health issues and support needs as a result.

“Regardless of how early or advanced their cancer is, or whether it’s financial, emotional or medcial support they need, Macmillan services and professionals will always do whatever it takes to make everyday life that bit easier for them.

"But that wouldn’t be possible without supporters like Olle, as 98% of our income comes from public donations.”

Olle said: “When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t ask those awkward questions like ‘what does this mean for my life?’ I just wanted to get on with it, but I did think that perhaps I wouldn’t always be as fit as I am now, so if there were things I wanted to do, I should do them.

"I’d been hoping to spend my retirement sailing all over the place, so I combined this ambition with my fundraising.”

Olle is hoping to raise £10,000 to fund more medical, practical and emotional support for people living with cancer.

People can support his appeal at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/olle-nash