Olle weighs anchor in Oban to thank cancer charity

Olle Nash, third on the right on his yacht Renegade, with friends and Oban Macmillan representatives on the pontoon Rosemary Young and Joyce Coope.

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Sailor Olle Nash who has a rare form of cancer dropped anchor at Dunstaffnage Marina on his around the UK voyage raising money for Macmillan.

Mr Nash, who stops from time to time to return home for treatment, has so far raised £6,615 of his  £10,000 target in his yacht Renegade.

The 63-year-old former gulf War veteran left Fox’s Marina in Ipswich on May 22 heading north to Inverness, the Caledonian Canal, Oban and the Western Isles taking in Mull.

Mr Nash, whose daughter Toni died from pancreatic cancer,  will be taking a break at the end of June for chemotherapy before heading back out to sea to Jura, Islay and over to Ireland before returning home on August 28 via Padstow, Plymouth, Poole and Brighton.

Oban Macmillan representatives Rosemary Young and Joyce Coope went to meet him at Dunstaffnage.

‘It was almost dark when we met as he had been held up in the Caledonian Canal for five hours and everyone on board was extremely tired.  However, he was amazingly cheerful, positive and lovely,’ said Mrs Young.

Mr Nash said his sea mission was his way of dealing with cancer as it helped focus him on something other than his health.

‘There is no better way than to do something you enjoy and for me that is sailing. I achieve this with the continued support I get from friends, family and the local Macmillan day centre where I get my Chemotherapy treatment. I have experienced this amazing organisation during my own cancer treatment and tragically when my daughter needed help in 2017 and I cannot thank them enough,’ he said encouraging people to follow his sailing challenge and wherever they can visit him to say hello of he arrives in their home town.

To make a donation to Olle’s Liferaft appeal go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/olle-nash

Caption: Olle Nash, third on the right on his yacht Renegade, with friends and Oban Macmillan representatives on the pontoon Rosemary Young and Joyce Coope.
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