Barkingside gran ready for year-long sail around the world

A grandmother who hopes to raise �20,000 by sailing around the world is preparing for her epic adventure.

Catherine Draper, 60, of Hamilton Avenue, Barkingside, sets off on her 40,000-mile journey from Southampton on Saturday.

The gruelling test of endurance will take her 11 months as part of a crew of 18 on board a yacht on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Speaking to the Recorder earlier this month Mrs Draper said: “I’m apprehensive, excited and nervous all rolled into one.”

Her adventure will raise money for the Hornchurch charity Kids Alive, which provides education, food and clothes for children in Africa.


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To support Catherine, visit www.justgiving.com/catherinedraper.

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