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Man with MND sails Atlantic for fundraiser

Man with MND sails Atlantic for fundraiser
30th November 2009

A man with motor neurone disease (MND) is going from one side of the Atlantic to the other in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the MND Association.

Married with three children, Rob Shaw will become the first person with MND to sail across the ocean, with the 2,700 mile trip from Gran Canaria to St Lucia beginning on November 22nd and expected to end after 17 to 21 days.

He noted that despite the use of modern technology on the boat, old-school navigation schemes are on back-up in case the first systems go down, though his team will also help steer the 57ft-long Beneteau 57 boat.

Mr Shaw is facing a major challenge, with the disease restricting his movement.

He said of his plight: "I am hoping that with this trip I will make a major contribution to raising the profile and awareness of MND, along with raising a lot of money to help fund research and treatment for people living with the disease."

Earlier this month, 40 firewalkers walked across burning coals of over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to support the MND Association at Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground.

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