Rachel Denton, who has been the figurehead for CSIP’s (and before that the ICES team’s) telecare activities in the UK since 2003, sails off into the sunset today – almost literally – as she embarks on a new career as Medical Purser with the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST). The new post fulfils a personal ambition for Rachel who has worked with the Trust in a voluntary capacity for many years.
The JST is a UK-based charity that promotes the integration of able-bodied and physically disabled people through adventure tall ship sailing holidays. It has two specially designed tall ships, the Tenacious and the Lord Nelson. It is on the latter that Rachel, a nurse by background, will work.
Each of the ships is able to take a crew of 20 disabled and 20 able-bodied voyagers who sail alongside the professional crew of 10. To date the JST has taken over 28,600 people to sea; over 11,100 of them have been disabled and over 4,280 have been wheelchair users. The ships are designed to enable everyone on board to take an active part in the running of the vessel.
Rachel’s many friends in the UK telecare community will be wishing her ‘bon voyage’ in her new adventure.
Visit the Jubilee Sailing Trust website for more information on its activities.