Windsurfer from Northampton to travel 18,000 miles around the world under her own steam for two charities

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A windsurfer from Northampton who was given six months to live is to travel 18,000 miles under her own steam in aid of two charities.

Adrianne Hill, aged 26, is aiming to raise a combined £100,000 for Cancer Research UK and Mind by completing the #OpenYourMind challenge

The Chron sports columnist will paddleboard, run and cycle the distance over the course of nine months, and, if completed, it would be a world first.

Adrianne, who is using her life savings to go towards funding the trip, was compelled to choose Mind because she has recently beaten depression.

And she chose Cancer Research because she survived the disease despite being given six months to live aged nine.

She said: “Surviving cancer has left me with scars and a weak right leg and after being diagnosed with and recovering from depression, I felt compelled to try to inspire people that have been on a similar, rocky journey.

“I want prove just how powerful the body and mind is, how it can overcome the huge obstacles that life can bring, and to show that it is possible to turn around whatever situation you’re in.

“I’m hoping that people will join me along the way, whether it be for one mile or 100, and in turn show that there is the support network there to help people get through tough situations.”

Adrianne will start in March next year and hopes to finish by December 2016.

The challenge is being undertaken with no official support crew, and will take in 18 countries on four continents.

Vicky Urquhart, Fundraising Coordinator at Mind, said: “Adrianne is taking on an absolutely incredible challenge which has never been attempted before.

“We hope that Adrianne’s inspirational story will motivate people across the UK, and further afield, to join her in her travels and raise money for both Mind and Cancer Research UK.

“It takes a great deal of determination and dedication to plan a challenge like this and we’d like to extend our deepest thanks to Adrianne for choosing to support Mind.

“The money raised will help us to provide information and advice for anyone affected by mental health problems, and will support our work campaigning for the rights of people whose voices are often ignored.”

Initial fundraising for the project is being undertaken via a crowd funding campaign at: to raise enough for the challenge to be undertaken, while a gala dinner is also being hosted in Northampton on Saturday, November 21.

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