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Timothy has been raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Timothy Long has become the youngest person to sail around Britain at just 15-years-old.

It took 11 weeks and Timothy had to battle through giant waves, gale-force winds and sail for 24 hours straight.

He set sail on 16 July from Hamble Marina, Hampshire, sailing anti-clockwise around the coast and arrived back to the marina on Thursday.

Timothy Long and his parentsRound Britain 2020 Project

At some points of the 1,600-mile long journey, Timothy only slept for 20 minutes at a time.

It was all to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Timothy raised a massive £7,300, which helps young people rebuild their confidence after cancer through sailing.

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The Cancer Trust was named after Timothy’s idol, Ellen MacArthur.

Dame Ellen MacArthur is a sailor who broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005.

Timothy’s route was very similar to the route she took when she sailed around Britain as an 18-year-old in 1995.

He travelled on average 50 miles every day, but some parts of the journey were up to 100 miles a day.

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There are extreme tides in the British Channel so anyone sailing in it needs to know how to fix a boat

Timothy commented on his JustGiving page, saying: “This is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done because when you are solo sailing there is no one there to help – no support boat, nothing.”

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Timothy is going back to school on Monday!

Dame Ellen also spoke about Timothy’s achievement, calling it an incredible achievement.

“While Timothy will always have the personal satisfaction of that achievement, the legacy of what he’s done will be even more far-reaching in terms

LONGMEADOW—Responding to the need for diapers, wipes, tampons, pads and incontinence items among area people in need, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Temple Beth El are conducting another Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive through October.

“We’ve heard from our partners that they’re seeing an increase in demand, and food pantries seeing increased demand have told us they don’t have space for personal care items as they try to keep up with demand for food,” said the Rev. Charlotte H. LaForest, St. Andrew’s rector and one of the founders of the drive. “Public schools and public libraries are another place where people might seek out this kind of assistance. They were completely shut down last spring, and though some school districts have reopened in a reduced capacity, supplying these products often falls to the nurses to supply out of their own pocket. We would love to help supply schools and libraries and are exploring partnerships in these areas.”

There is a donation bin at St. Andrew’s behind the church near the back parking lot throughout October, and there will be an information booth and collection site at the St. Andrew’s Annual Pumpkins and Pets on the Hill on Oct. 10.

Anyone who brings a Longmeadow Loves donation to Pumpkins and Pets will receive a free raffle ticket for the raffle basket.

People can support the project also by shopping online at tgt.gifts/longmeadowloves.

“Different types of products needed are listed on the Target registry,” LaForest said. “We’ve chosen to list primarily Target brand on the registry because they are the best value, but any brand would be great.”

Contributions to the May Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive exceeded expectations with donors from throughout Western Massachusetts. “Anyone with the link can order from the registry, so participation is easy, and those who preferred to