Precious Lives Appeal Kayak Challenge

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Precious Lives Appeal Kayak Challenge

Post by Tregoddick » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:51 am

Big Pedaddle to Little Harbour - Truro to Porthpean in Pedal Powered Kayaks. FOR PRECIOUS LIVES APPEAL.

Friday 1st October - WE MADE PORTLOE (SOMEHOW) 
Started from Truro at 10.30am in ghastly weather, arrived at 6.30pm. More than half way now (22miles logged on Ross's GPS). Recovering very nicely in a B&B in Veryan,. Wetsuits are drying in the kitchen. P.S. all expenses for the trip i.e. equipment, food & drink, accommodation have come out of our own pockets - no financial supplements from anyone inc. the charity or from sponsorship were asked for or given. Some clothing and equipment was lent to us from friends and other businesses.
Photo Album @ ... 2eb7413363

Saturday 2nd October. SKEDADDLE FROM PORTLOE (with dry wetsuits) 
Force 4-5 SE winds and a ground swell bring confused seas and white water in the cove. Coastguard and Portloe fishermen all agree we shouldn’t be out in that. We will try again another day, very soon.
Photo Album @ ... daf427b1f3

We plan to finish the trip from Portloe to Porthpean a.s.a.p.

Apart from their time and efforts in training, organization, and on the challenge itself, Ross and Paul volunteered to donate their day’s wages to Precious Lives on Monday 27/9/10 when they spent their day with Andy fundraising and promoting this event. STARS.

Media Coverage
1/10/01- Live Interview with Andy, Ross & Paul from the quayside with all the crew at 10.05 am for the David White show on iplayer @ 1hr 5mins into the program; ... 1_10_2010/
Andy interviewed by Laurence Reed on BBC Radio Cornwall. Listen again online to last caller iplayer @ 2hrs50min into the program; ... 9_09_2010/
30/9/10 - See our story in the West Britain, Cornishman & West Cornwall Packet. ... ticle.html
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Please help us reach our target of £2000 :>)

About our kayak challenge
Hello, I’m Andy Monteith, one third of, and, owner of Monteith Fencing. Ross Burrow and Paul Condon make up the other two thirds of the staff. The three of us are raising money for Children’s Hospice South West by attempting to kayak from Truro to Porthpean near St Austell during two days in October – that’s a distance of 36 miles down the river and around the coast. We’re reckoning on reaching Portloe (20 miles) and crashing out for the night before completing the voyage the next day.
We will be using two Hobie kayaks (a single seater and a tandem) with a pedal drive for most of the way (see the video; left), adopting conventional kayak paddles from time to time to give our legs a rest. If we are really lucky and the wind is right we will put a small sail up on each boat (Courtesy of Cornwall Canoes, St Columb) to give us an encouraging gentle push.
The start date of the event is all dependant on the weather and sea conditions so we will be setting ourselves a ‘weather window’; any Friday in the month of October, with Friday 1st October as the first opportunity.
We are planning to launch from the quay near Penrose Outdoor, Truro, who have kindly offered us parking for the duration of the trip.
Our journey will finish at Porthpean. Technically and literally our recovery site, it is also the location of Children’s Hospice South West third hospice Little Harbour, due to open in 2011.
Last year Monteith Fencing made a donation of £1000 to the Precious Lives Appeal, and now we are asking you, our suppliers and customers and all of our friends and family to dig deep and show your support (or rolling support) for Children’s Hospice South West and Little Harbour where care and support and compassion will be on tap for life-limited children and their families. Please be a part of making that support possible and give generously if you are able, but anything will help, thank you.

At Children’s Hospice South West we help and support children and their families who are living with life-limiting conditions. We are the only organisation in the South West to provide vital hospice care to these families, and are here for families day and night throughout the year.
There are over 1000 children who could benefit from our care, yet we are only able to provide care for up to 400 families. Of these, some come to us for palliative care, some for emergency care and many for planned respite and a rare opportunity for a break.
But there’s more to it than that. We provide a loving and caring place for every member of every family who stays with us; a sanctuary for mums and dads, brothers and sisters. A place where everyone can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and find expert help and support in facing an uncertain future.
Children’s Hospice South West has two purpose-built hospices in the South West. Little Bridge House in North Devon and Charlton Farm in North Somerset. A third special home from home for life-limited children in Cornwall and Plymouth, is due to open in 2011 called Little Harbour.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
So please dig deep and donate now.

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