Sponsored Swim ~ shameless ask

24 Sep


On October 18th, a young lady called Ruth Jermy is attempting to swim 64 lengths of her local OUTDOOR swimming pool, through sponsorship she is raising funds for the Jubilee Sailing Trust who own and operate the only tall ships equipped to take disabled and able bodied sailors.  I met Ruth when she and I were on the same voyage on board the Ts Tenacious sailing from Bermuda to Miami, she was to be my ‘buddy’ the able bodied volunteer who would help me with the getting about and doing the do.  Turned out we lived less than half an hour from each other.

Here is a video about what the Trust does … it really does change people.

There are blogs and photo’s on my website about my voyages, I have sailed with people from ages 18 to 80’s … from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the tranquility of the Shires, with those life has treated roughly and those who have been blessed.  Strangers become friends, barriers are swept away, the essence of team and the joy of camaraderie  abounds.  I miss it, I miss it almost as much as I miss my piano and the memories always come in a tear.


Ruth first sailed as buddy to a cousin, she enjoyed herself so much that she has sailed numerous times since, volunteering to be a ‘buddy’ to a disabled stranger, having no clue as to what or how much help they are going to need.  That is a special person.

If you do have any spare pennies down the back of the sofa, I would appreciate if you sent them her way.  She is raising funds to go towards the maintenance costs of these magnificent ships.

You can give at


Thank you xx



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4 responses to “Sponsored Swim ~ shameless ask

  1. Bushka

    September 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Most delightful post…:yes: Have noted the link….
    My heart just gave a little ‘twang’ when I read this…: “I miss it, I miss it almost as much as I miss my piano and the memories always come in a tear.” Hugs! :)xx


    • amgroves

      September 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      If the memories were not so meaningful, the loss would not be so great. It is only because of the profound effect the sailing had on me that I feel as I do about not being able to do it again.


      • Bushka

        September 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        That be the case for all of life..I’m sure you realise that…;)xx


  2. la_spice

    September 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    A lovely post Anne-Marie …… you really must start to believe what a very special person you are ~x~



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