The sailing challenge involving 20 police services will occur over a course of
60 nautical miles and sets sail from the Isle of Wight on 27th September. With
all costs covered by sponsor Capgemini, each boat will be competing not only for
the finish line but also to raise funds for Crimestoppers. A maximum of £5,000 per boat will be given to Crimestoppers’ central office to fund national initiatives with surplus funds directed to
regional Crimestoppers boards.

Helen Turnbull, Business Development Director, Capgemini Outsourcing Services, comments:

“We are delighted with the response we have received from police services across
the UK with an overwhelming 20 forces setting sail in September. Working collaboratively
and as a team will be crucial to success in this challenge, something Capgemini
has at the heart of its business.”

Michael Laurie CBE, Chief Executive of Crimestoppers, added: “Although we are
a nationally recognised brand, very few people actually understand that we are
a charity and our reliance on donations and corporate support is crucial to our
work. I salute our National Strategic Partner, Capgemini for coming up with such
an innovative fundraising challenge which will hopefully bring in some much needed
revenue for Crimestoppers. Good luck to all those forces competing!”

Since 1988, Crimestoppers has been a vital piece in the crime-fighting jigsaw,
working in partnership with the police and other law enforcement agencies in helping
to get serious criminals brought to justice. In addition to its 24-hour call-centre,
Crimestoppers runs the hugely successful ‘Most Wanted’ website. The charity recently
reached an important landmark, when it received its one millionth actionable call,
with useful information to be passed onto the police.

The Capgemini Sailing Challenge aims to raise over £100,000 for national initiatives such as the creation of
a toolkit for Neighbourhood Policing Teams and further development of the successful
Crimestoppers youth website which is doing so much to help to combat the gun and
knife culture affecting parts of the country at the moment. It also has an e-mail
facility, enabling young people to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

Those keen to support their local team, should contact the Capgemini Sailing
Challenge team on 0870 195 1522 / 0870 195 1273, email or visit the fundraising website at