A FORMER Surrey police officer is to take part in a round-the-world yacht race to raise money for two charities.
Nick Bush, (pictured), 52, who lives near Reigate, will be one of more than 650 people who haveÂ signed up to be members of crews taking on the mile Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race for 11 weeks from September 1.
Starting on September 1 at St Katharine Docks, London, the competitors will leave UK shores in a short sprint to Brest, France, before heading towards Brazil, then Cape Town in South Africa and the Southern Ocean to western Australia.
He added: â€œI am very excited about it, itâ€™s going to be a great experience. Very hard but at the end of it, I will look back and think that was worth it.
â€œMy wife thinks Iâ€™m mad but is still supportive of it.â€
Nickâ€™s rugby club, Chipstead Rugby Football Club helped raise funds while Nick has also taken part in three weeks of training, preparing for such eventualities as man overboard.
â€œThe waves will be as big as houses,â€ he added. â€œYou canâ€™t replicate that training in the English Channel but you have to be able to deal with it.â€
Mr Bush, who retired from Surrey Police in 2011, will be raising money for The Childrenâ€™s Trust from Tadworth and also the Matt Hampson Foundation, set up by a former England Under-21 rugby player who became paralysed from the neck down when a scrum collapsed on him, breaking his neck while in training for the national side.
â€œI chose these two charities as they are what I class as â€˜there but for the grace of Godâ€™ charities.
â€œMatt is inspirational in his approach to life and does great work through the foundation,â€ said Nick.
â€œSimilarly The Childrenâ€™s Trust does fantastic work with children who have serious brain injuries and supporting their families. Both my children are fit and healthy, but those who have been less fortunate deserve all the help that they can be given.â€
Nick will take part in the first 14,000 miles of the 40,000 mile race.
He made the decision to do it after seeing a stand for the race at the London Boat Show where he spoke to a previous competitor before making the decision to take part.
So far he has raised more than Â£2,000 and anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickBush
Former policeman to take part in round the world yacht race