Both Alan and Geraldine Sinfield have been diagnosed with cancer, a disease they lost their former spouses too

A

Northamptonshire couple who were diagnosed with cancer have achieved their

dream of sailing around Britain to raise money for charity.

Alan

Sinfield and his wife Geraldine, from Polebrook, near Oundle spent three months

completing the 2,000-mile circumnavigation in their 34-foot Bavaria yacht Tante

Helena
.

The

pair hope to raise £10,000
for The Urology Foundation, the only charity in the

UK that covers all urological conditions, including prostate, bladder,

testicular and kidney cancer.

It

is a charity dear to their hearts as Alan was diagnosed with prostate cancer

and testicular cancer in 2013. Earlier this year Geraldine was diagnosed with

bladder cancer.

Their

diagnoses are all the more upsetting as Alan lost his first wife Wendy to

cancer in 2002 and Geraldine’s first husband Ian also died from the disease

four years later.

Tante

Helena


left Shotley Marina, near Ipswich, in early June and returned to Shotley this week.

Alan described Tuesday’s seas off Ramsgate as the worst of the whole trip.

The

71-year-old said their adventure had ‘definitely lived up to expectations.’ Highlights have included being seeing hundreds of curious seals on the

Humber, ‘howling’ seals at Holy Island and 12 dolphins in Inverness.

Alan

said: ‘We have had such wonderful welcomes. Everyone we have spoken to has been

interested in our story and some of the marinas have waived mooring fees in

place of donations.’

He

added: ‘I took up sailing in my early 60s and love it because of the incredible

sense of freedom.’

Geraldine

accompanied Alan for most of the trip. At other times he was joined by his

friend Mike Maconochie and the boat’s previous owner James Hancox.

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