On the good ship lollipop

A VIKING sail boat made from 15 million lollipop sticks collected and glued together by children will be taking to the sea next year to raise money for charity.

Powered by wind and constructed from recycled wood, the boat is a unique floating sculpture and the only one in the world.

The 15-metre (50-foot) long ship, named after the Norse god Thor, is made from recycled ice-cream sticks glued together by US born stuntman Robert McDonald, his son and more than 5,000 children.

The boat will be crewed by two experienced captains, four volunteer crew, who have all raised their own sponsor money to get their place on board, and the psychic biker Paul Green and ghost hunter Stephen Lambert.

Paul Green said: “We came up with the idea when we were in the pub, and have no sea faring experience.

“We are looking with the help of Virgin Giving to ask the public to “adopt” a lollypop stick, to raise money for charity.

“But it is with the aim of raising as much cash as possible for the NSPCC.

“I want to bring this boat to Blyth as it sails down the coast.”

They, along with the rest of the crew, shall be sailing down the east coast of the UK in the Summer of 2012 in this unique craft.

They will leave the Netherlands where the boat is berthed at present being prepared for the voyage.

They will then sail to a port in Edinburgh for the launch of their UK leg, then set off on the voyage down the east coast of the country.

On route they will stop at various ports and yacht clubs to meet the public, and offer trips out on the craft for some of those lucky/brave sponsors who want to add that option to their package.

All monies raised after operating and safety costs are met shall be donated to the NSPCC, and all the cash donated by the public as they follow our progress on the voyage, they shall be able to donate via Virgin Giving.

Paul added: “Our aim is of course to raise as much cash as possible for our nominated charity, but we also want to show just what is possible to achieve when you really want something.”

Visit paul@extremeghosthunting.com or call 07912 782020 for more details.