Helping to put wind in her sails

Rachel Carroll (left) with Joan Peart
Rachel Carroll (left) with Joan Peart

A STUDENT is embarking on a high seas adventure after reaching her fundraising target.

Rachel Carroll is taking part in this year’s Tall Ships Races after being enthralled by last year’s event in her hometown of Hartlepool.

But the 18-year-old from the Fens faced an uphill battle to raise the £2,000 needed for her to get a place on board Durham’s Black Diamond, which is berthed in Hartlepool Marina.

Building firm Taylor Wimpey North East has become the latest business to help Rachel with a donation of £500, which means she has hit her target and will be setting sail in July for six weeks.

She will leave Greenock, in Scotland, with her Sailing North East crew and plans to compete in all three legs of the prestigious competition.

Rachel, a Hartlepool Sixth Form College student, said: “Sponsorship is vitally important for a trip like this – it’s what makes it all possible so I’m very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their donation.

“Now I can’t wait to get started.”

Joan Peart, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North East region, said the firm’s staff are proud to be backing her effort.

She said: “We are always keen to help the communities we work in and to help local people achieve extraordinary things.We wish Rachel all the very best for her trip.”

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