​Doctor takes to the high seas for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Posted 5th September 2017

A Liverpool doctor whose only previous experience on the water was the Mersey ferry is training for the Clipper round the world yacht race to help The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

Michael Hale, who currently lives in Australia, was at the Albert Dock recently to meet up with his skipper before the fleet set sail from the city.

The Clipper Round the World Race will finish in Liverpool next July. It sees crews made up of experienced sailors as well as complete novices take on various stages of the journey.

Michael, who is originally from Broadgreen, will sail from Eastern Australia to China on the Greenings yacht in January, leg five of the race and a journey of 6,500 miles.

Having seen the boat he will call home for 55 days docked in Liverpool he can’t wait to get started.

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Michael, left, said: “I am really excited, especially after being in Liverpool and seeing the boat coming in with my team on it. It made it all very real.”

The 30 year-old is raising money for the charity after his uncle, Simon Moore, was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral.

Simon had a rare tumour at the base of his skull and sadly died last year but his wife Ann, pictured with Simon below, said: “Thanks to Clatterbridge, Simon had an extra 14 months of life, during which he watched his grandchildren grow and develop.

“He celebrated two Father’s Days, his Ruby Wedding, Christmas, New Year in his father’s home village, family holidays to North Wales, a visit to the House of Commons, and visits to the Royal Academy in London. He played football with his grandchildren, went for walks, built Lego towers, read them stories and played board games.

“He saw family and friends as much as possible and left a legacy of loving memories that, without Clatterbridge’s specialisms, and special qualities, we would not have had.”

Michael added: “He wanted me to know that he would be a shining star watching over me when I am out at sea.”

The doctor, who is married to Laura, 30, spent four weeks doing intensive training for the race, including sailing from the Isle of Wight to France, and will continue to get experience on the water off Australia before his big adventure in January.

He said: “I do find the idea of it all a bit daunting but I have an overwhelming sense of trying to discover what is out there and doing something that is challenging but exciting.

“When I went for the interview they asked if I have any experience and I told them I have never been on a boat apart from the ferry across the Mersey.

“The team feels like a big family and you need to have such trust in people you have never met to meet the challenge and that is really exciting.”

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The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is aiming to raise £15 million towards the building of a new specialist hospital in Liverpool city centre and improvements to the Wirral site.

Karen Williams, Senior Fundraising and Marketing Manager for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “It’s so touching to hear what an inspiration Simon was to Michael.

“This is the challenge of a lifetime and such an impressive way to push his personal boundaries while raising money for the charity that helped to give his uncle and family such precious memories. We want to wish him the best of luck in his training and in the race.”

To sponsor Michael see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-hale3 and to learn more about helping The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity call 0151 556 5566.