Plymouth born Debra Veal (now Searle) made headlines around the world in 2002 as the 5’5″ young lady who carried on rowing alone across the Atlantic Ocean when her husband, a 6’5″ international oarsman, left their 23 foot plywood boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. The 3000 mile journey that was supposed to take 6 weeks took Debra a staggering 3 1/2 months and saw her battling with 30 foot waves, force 8 squalls and sharks, while having to dodge tankers that came too close for comfort on more than a few occasions.
Debra has since been awarded the MBE, become a professional adventurer, published author, TV presenter and has joined the board of trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. She is also one of the most sought after corporate and motivational speakers in Europe. Oh, and she has managed to squeeze in motherhood somewhere along the line too!
More used to speaking at large venues such as the NEC, Debra has very kindly agreed to give an evening talk at Hatherleigh Community Centre on Weds 28th July at 7.30pm in support of Help for Heroes. This is a very rare opportunity to listen to Debra speak outside a corporate setting. Debra recounts the beauty and mystery, dangers and trials that the Atlantic held during her solitary days at sea. She speaks passionately and from the heart about her personal journey of discovery. If you had a dream that life seems to have got in the way of, be ready to be inspired into action!
Tickets are priced at £5 each or £3 for students and are available in advance from:
Kate Burgess on 01837 811133 or firstname.lastname@example.org