Pair set sail in aid of charity

Matthew Velamail with friend Tim Brownell who are taking part in 24 hour sailing mission to raise money for Brain Tumour Research
Matthew Velamail with friend Tim Brownell who are taking part in 24 hour sailing mission to raise money for Brain Tumour Research
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SOUTH Yorkshire sailors Matthew Velamail and Tim Brownell raised a massive £9,000 for charity in a gruelling 24-hour boat race.

The 20-year-olds, both members of Ulley Sailing Club in Rotherham, are giving the money to the Brain Tumour Research charity in honour of Matthew’s dad Dr Vetrivel Velamail, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009.

Matthew and Tim spent 24 hours on their Enterprise dinghy during the event in Southport.

Dr Velamail, a former GP at Morthen Road Surgery in Rotherham, said: “Matt ended up with bleeding toes from using the toestraps - wind conditions were really bad.”

“Every penny raised will go towards researching a cure.”