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Nearing end of sailing adventure

PUBLISHED: 10:46 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 05 July 2010

A crew which is sailing round the coast of Britain in a bid to help children left blind by a genetic condition docked in Lowestoft harbour yesterday.

Col Mike Brooke and his two-man crew are sailing to the Sussex coast on the final leg of their circumnavigation of the British Isles, which has seen them cover 1,550 nautical miles since they set off on July 5.

A crew which is sailing round the coast of Britain in a bid to help children left blind by a genetic condition docked in Lowestoft harbour yesterday.

Col Mike Brooke and his two-man crew are sailing to the Sussex coast on the final leg of their circumnavigation of the British Isles, which has seen them cover 1,550 nautical miles since they set off on July 5.

Their aim is to raise about £30,000 for eye charity Fight for Sight. The money will be spent on a piece of gene-screening equipment to help people with Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA), which can cause blindness in children.

The adventure was inspired by Col Brooke's godson Theo Holroyd, who was born with LCA and is now blind, and the 19ft cutter is named Theo's Future after the 18-month-old.

New scientific research into LCA has shown that a genetic treatment can improve sight among sufferers, and Col Brooke hopes that the money he has raised will help develop the gene screening even further.

Col Brooke said: “Theo is a wonderful little boy and an absolute joy to be around. His family and friends want to do whatever it takes to help him see, and sailing around Britain is my way of helping.”

Theo's Future left Cromer yesterday morning and sailed round the coast to Lowestoft. Today they will set off south around the coast and hope to cross the finish line in Chichester on September 26.


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