Cancer patients to circumnavigate UK coast

Fundraisers Alan and Geraldine Singfield, who both have cancer
Fundraisers Alan and Geraldine Singfield, who both have cancer

A couple who have both survived cancer are sailing around Britain to raise money for a urology charity.

Alan Sinfield and his wife Geraldine from Polebrook near Oundle will pilot their 34-foot Bavaria yacht called Tante Helena around the mainland this summer.

Fundraisers Alan and Geraldine Singfield, who both have cancer NNL-140417-120019001

Fundraisers Alan and Geraldine Singfield, who both have cancer NNL-140417-120019001

Their journey is expected to take four months and the pair hope to raise £10,000 for The Urology Foundation which covers all urological conditions, including prostate, bladder, testicular and kidney cancer.

Alan was diagnosed with prostate cancer and testicular cancer in 2013.

Earlier this year Geraldine was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Their diagnoses were 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.

The boat will leave Shotley Marina, near Ipswich, on June 3.

The 2,000-mile journey will see the boat, which sails at about five miles an hour, stop at 40 different places.

Alan, 71, discovered he had prostate cancer after noticing blood in his urine at Christmas 2012.

He said: “I was extremely worried. I had examinations and scans before the doctor broke the news to me.

“Geraldine was with me and we were both expecting it but it was still a shock. My main concern was for Geraldine because she had been through it all before with Ian.

“We had only been married for three years and there were so many things we wanted to do.

“It also brought back memories of my first wife Wendy.

“She was 57 when she died and we had been married for 37 years.”

Alan had a successful radical prostatectomy but in October he found a lump in his left testicle. Treatment was successful and the couple thought they had put their ordeal behind them.

Then, in January this year, Geraldine was diagnosed with bladder cancer after spotting blood in her urine.

She had surgery and chemotherapy. Both will now be checked regularly to be sure the cancers have not returned.

To make a donation or follow the boat’s progress go to tantehelena.com.