A yacht on a quest to raise cash for the Royal British Legion, while giving injured service personnel the chance to sail, arrives in Bristol on Friday after setting off from Exmouth.

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Exmouth waved goodbye to a yacht on a mission, giving injured servicemen and women the chance to sail, learn new skills and boost their confidence.

The 38-foot offshore yacht, Stenfis, set sail from Exmouth last week and arrives in Bristol tomorrow (Friday), after visiting 15 harbours. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the Royal British Legion in its 90th year and also give sailing opportunities to service personnel injured in conflict. Collections have been organised en-route around the south peninsular, thanks to the Rotary Club, the 41 Club and Royal British Legion volunteers. A cheque presentation for the collected funds takes place in Bristol on Friday when a reception is held to welcome the yacht home.

The Sail4Poppies vessel left Exmouth with a celebratory send-off of poppy gun firing. Stenfis was sent off from Plymouth to Fowey with the voices of the Military Wives choir. At Lundy Island the crew laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion ahead of its return journey.

The yacht’s journey will end at Bristol docks tomorrow where the funds raised will be handed over to Sail4Poppies’ chosen charity, The Royal British Legion. To learn more, visit: www.sail4poppies.co.uk

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