Ipswich: Leukaemia survivor looks forward to his next challenge

A leukaemia survivor who sailed around the country after being given the all-clear is bringing his boat back to Ipswich as he prepares for his next big challenge.

Olly Rofix, 26, of Woodbridge, overcame an extremely rare form of leukaemia in 2006.

He was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 and he built his own boat, the Jolly Olly, to take his mind off the illness.

The Jolly Olly will be sailing into the Haven Marina on Saturday as he prepares for his next challenge.

“For the next project I’ve got to find an awful lot of money,” he said. “I’m building a nine-metre rib with six seats.

“I’m going to be taking cancer survivors and patients with me – I want to let them take part in this big challenge.”

Olly’s last trip, which he completed in October, raised thousands of pounds for the Anthony Nolan Charity.

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He admitted it was done on a shoestring budget and he believes creating his new vessel and keeping it running around the country, could cost around �250,000.

The aim of his next trip is to sail around the country with around 300 people at various legs of his journey. He will showcase the Jolly Olly for a number of events and use it to encourage people to sponsor his challenge.

He added: “There have been so many people who have given me so much support.

“I want to keep the trip in the eye of everyone.” Money raised from his next trip, which it is hoped will begin in May, will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To sponsor Olly, visit www.olivers-travels.co.uk

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