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Round The World for Vision

Kevin Smith is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to sail round the world by taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. All the money you give will go towards improving facilities and care for patients receiving treatment at the Abergele Eye Unit.

Kevin Smith is currently taking part in the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Race, after departing from London on 1st September 2019.

After undergoing successful cataract surgery at the Abergele Eye Unit, which enabled him to take part in the race, his aim is to raise money to purchase field equipment. The initial target is £33,000.

The Clipper Race is the world's largest ocean adventure, regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. Over 40,000 nautical miles long, taking almost a year to complete, the non-professional teams compete on a global race-circuit. To follow the race visit

Kevin and his team, Dare To Lead, are currently in Cape Town, having already sailed 11,450 miles!

Next up is Leg 3 - "The Southern Ocean Leg", during which Kevin can expect 80 foot swells, boat speeds of well over 30 knots and wind speeds that can reach up to 70 mph! After a gruelling 5,500 miles and 23 days at sea, the beautiful, sun kissed beaches of Western Australia will be a welcome sight.

Good luck, Kevin!

Big thank you to Dŵr Cymru for their kind donation of £250 towards Kevin's campaign!

Some images from Kevin's amazing journey

Kevin with Matron of Abergele Hospital, Helen Juckes-Hughes

Kevin with Ophthalmology staff in one of the surgery suites at Abergele Hospital

Please donate to Kevin's page on JustGiving

Great coverage of Kevin's challenge in the North Wales Pioneer and the Rhyl Journal!

Picture of Kevin that appeared in the Rhyl Journal and North Wales Pioneer

Picture of Kevin that appeared in the Rhyl Journal and North Wales Pioneer

Kevin with some of his kit

Kevin with some of his kit

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