A team of volunteers have completed a bid to live on two life rafts for 24 hours to raise money for a sailing charity…

The fundraising event was held in aid of Turn to Starboard, a charity supporting injured veterans by taking them sailing and offering training.

The team’s task in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall, started on Friday at 17:00 BST. The volunteers smashed a £2000 fundraising target to raise more than £8,000 as part of the charity’s Float-A-Boat campaign, which aims to raise £100,000 through the year for a new training boat.

In two groups, the 20 crew members spent 24 hours aboard two life rafts. Fundraiser Chris Wood said it was “like being on a waterbed in a tent” and “surprisingly comfortable” throughout the night.

Turn to Starboard believes in the therapeutic benefits of sailing and has helped military personnel affected by operations to gain sailing qualifications to help start new careers in the marine industry. The charity has provided more than 1100 sailing opportunities to injured veterans since it was launched four years ago.

Event organiser Neil Triggs said: “We would like to say a huge well done to the team for taking on this challenge and a big thank you to South West Life Rafts, Falmouth Haven for our mooring and use of the quay, Rick Stein and Pizza Express for providing hot food, and to all our sponsors who kindly donated to the campaign.”

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