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Deaf sailing legend inspires community

Back in March, GDA launched their first ever 'Hands Up Festival'; a collection of events run over the year which celebrate and showcase deaf talent from around the country. After a run of hugely successful events including comedy from John Smith and Improv Comedy, GDA was delighted to be welcoming deaf sailing legend, Gerry Hughes to the charity on Saturday 3rd October.
 
The evening was a sell-out with over 70 people from around Gloucestershire and further afield captivated with Gerry's stories of his solo round-the-world sailing adventure. Guests enjoyed learning about how he battled waves the size of football pitches and how he overcame his GPS continuously failing and the rudder snapping - all while combating the loneliness of being at sea by yourself for eight months!
 
The response to the event has been fantastic
 
"Truly inspirational, we really enjoyed listening to his story. Very courageous man, an amazing achievement"
 
"Amazing experience; I cried twice during his speech. Can't wait for his book to come out"
 
Reg Cobb, GDA's Project Developer said "It has been an absolute honour having Gerry with us this weekend. His story is truly inspirational - he's a real hero.
 
Find out more about Gerry's round-the-world sailing adventure by checking out his website: http://gerrysmhughes.com/
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