The voyage was organised by BVM’s General Manager, Robert Wainwright, as part BVM’s annual fundraising drive, in association with Climb for Life, to help hit the target of raising £65,000 for The Institute of Cancer Research. The cause is close to the Southampton-
Setting off from Southampton late Thursday evening, the novice crew, made up from employees of Bedford of Springfield Office Supplies, a Police Officer from the Special Weapons Unit and a teacher, experienced a baptism of fire as they sailed through the night to Alderney.
Graeme Chapman MBE founder of Climb of Life said: "We have now raised over a quarter of a million pounds in four years, but this is the first time that with Skipper Bob Wainwright’s initiative, we are raising funds by crossing the English Channel in a 41ft sailing yacht. All participants are praying for a steady breeze, without rain & gales"
BVM Ltd chose to support Climb for Life and The Institute of Cancer research, after General Manager, Robert Wainwright had help raise over £500,000 for Children in Need and felt it was time to help support another worthy charity.
Robert said: “Sadly nearly all of us at some point have either directly or indirectly been touched by this disease but through the continued research and hard work of the Institute of Cancer Research today it is a battle we are winning but they need continued funds to continue this fight“.
The voyage ended in the Solent on Monday morning, 20th June 2011.
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BVM is a UK based design and manufacturing company specialising in the design, manufacture and distribution of embedded computer boards and systems with a network of global partners.
Its product families include embedded SBCs and motherboards, I/O controllers, embedded PCs, touch screen Panel PCs and VMEbus and PMC modules.
Established in 1989 BVM’s products are embedded within the systems of many household names. BVM is principal partner with Commell embedded system and board level products in the UK and is a Windows Embedded partner.