Jonathan Moon, is due to take part in a fundraising challenge to raise money for St Cross Grange care home in Winchester where his dad currently resides. He is undertaking the challenge with the Sail Racing Academy out of Hamble.
St Cross Grange specialises in dementia care and is part of Greensleeves Homes Trust, a registered charity providing personalised residential, dementia and nursing care.
The Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race Challenge is a 700 mile offshore race starting off Cowes, and finishing in Cherbourg via the Fastnet Rock off the SW tip of Ireland. Jonathan Moon decided to undertake this challenging race just as his dad Paul did 40 years ago on a UFO 31 yacht called “The Happy Return”.
Jonathan Moon said: “I still recall going to watch the start from the Green at Cowes, and the feeling of excitement and worry, after all this was my Dad, my hero, the man who taught me how to sail, heading off into a race that 2 years before had taken the lives of 15 sailors.
Fast forward 40 years, and my Dad now lives in a care home in Winchester with Lewy Body Dementia – the same form that led to the death of the actor Robin Williams. This year marks the 40th anniversary of him taking part in the Fastnet, and I have decided I should do this race, and by doing so, help raise money for the care home my Dad lives in.”
The money raised from the challenge will go towards purchasing a Tovertafel (Magic Table in Dutch) for the residents at St Cross Grange care home. It is an £7,000 piece of equipment that was developed for and with people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. The interactive games break through apathy by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity and encouraging social interaction.
The staff at St Cross Grange Care Home, Winchester have raised £900 so far for the purchase of the interactive Tovertafel Table through a variety of events ranging from Tandem Sky diving on the 11th of October 2020, to a Welsh Mountain 3 Peak Challenge in early 2021.
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