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Chrissie set to sail high seas

By Beth Perry 10th January 2018

Chrissie set to sail high seas
Chrissie Laming at her fundraising leaving party at the Mermaid.

MORE than 100 people came together to show their support for a Newquay resident who is set to sail 12,000 nautical miles for charity.

The Mermaid Inn in Porth hosted a ‘fabulous’ Set Sail party for Chrissie Laming who will soon be taking on the challenging Clipper Round the World sailing race to raise money for St Francis Home for Animals. Chrissie is set to take part in two legs of the race, which is dubbed as one of the biggest sailing challenges open to non-professionals, and will be joining the crew of the Visit Seattle yacht as they sail the Asia Pacific fifth leg and sixth leg.

The race will see Chrissie and the crew sail from Australia to China through cyclone alley, which sees conditions vary from tropical heat to plummeting freezing conditions, before taking on the next leg from China to Seattle in the USA across the Pacific, known for its enormous waves and storms. More than 100 friends, colleagues and residents gathered at the Mermaid to wish Chrissie the best before her journey.

The evening featured a raffle, with a wide range of prizes donated by local businesses and friends, a dog-themed quiz and a performance from Oll an Gwella. Chrissie said: “The Mermaid hosted a fabulous evening for us, a big thank you to Mark and all the staff. Oll an Gwella did us proud with their gorgeous voices. They had the whole room standing for a rendition of Trelawny.

“Thank you for all of the generous raffle prizes. I lost count as to how many items we had on the table with the wonderful Pat and Pauline running it for us – no raffle in Newquay is complete without these wonderful ladies. And a massive thank you to DJ Beaker without whose efforts the night would have not been so much fun! Beaker and his daughter helped the night bounce along with a fabulous especially written ‘doggie-themed’ pub quiz. I must also thank Emma and the team at St Francis and the trustees for their support.”

Proceeds raised by the raffle and quiz, as well as donations, saw the total raised for St Francis reach  £475.65, which will go towards Chrissie’s goal of £3,000 raised for the dogs’ home.

Chrissie, who is a trustee at the home, became involved with the charity in 2001 after taking photos of the St Francis team and the dogs as part of her role as the NewquayVoice’s photographer.

Now she is hoping to be able to give something back. Chrissie explained: “I am doing this to raise money for St Francis Home for Animals.  Whilst nobody doubts that this is an opportunity of a lifetime, it will be extremely challenging, physically and emotionally, and what I will keep in my thoughts through all those challenges is that I am doing this to help the dogs at St Francis.  Every dog that comes into our care, whatever their background, needs St Francis and their amazing team and I simply want to do my bit to help them all. For anyone who has ever owned and loved a pet, you know how much they can bring to your life, so much devotion and joy and I feel the time is right for me to give a little something back. Please support me in this challenge and consider donating to my cause. This is my opportunity to give something back to the dogs and our amazing team.”

St Francis team members attended the bash at the Mermaid and were pleased with the turnout.

A spokesperson from the dogs’ home said: “Thank you so much to absolutely everyone who came out to join us on the night. What an amazing turnout to support our amazing Chrissie. We managed to raise £475.65 so thanks to everyone who came. How fabulous is that? This will help immensely with hitting Chrissie's target.

“Thank you to Porth Beach Holiday Park for offering their car park free of charge on the night, everyone who came, donated raffle prizes, joined in the fun and to everyone who played a part in making this such a success. From all of us and of course Chrissie – thank you!”

For those who wish to support Chrissie and St Francis, visit
fundraising/saint-francis to donate. To follow Chrissie’s progress, go to­ and look for the Visit Seattle team.

By Beth Perry 10th January 2018

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