Joe Andrews and James Bonell have a passion. A passion for Kayaking. So much so they have decided to kayak around the coast of Britain, totalling 3000 miles. They estimate this circumnavigation will take around 5 months! This adventure, called ‘Gone Paddling‘ isn’t for fun though, they aim to raise £20 000 which will be split equally between two charities, Water Aid and the NACC (National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease). Using Sea Kayaks, the duo paddled off on Tuesday 20th April 2010, leaving from the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. So far they have traveled 959 miles, and have reached Stein in Scotland. They have had their trials and tribulations during this time though. Inconsistent weather strong headwinds and an injury which affected Joe’s elbow have meant that the pair have had to juggle their schedule about a bit! Remarkably, they are still ahead of themselves!
This adventure certainly isn’t going unnoticed. With television and radio interviews under their belts, the pair are well on the way to reaching their target. The two charities have been chosen for a reason. Joe and James are both engineers, and are keen on helping the developing world. Water Aid provide safe and clean water for those who don’t have access to any, something which is taken for granted in the western countries. The NACC has had a direct effect on James’ sister, Emma. She was diagnosed with this debilitating disease in 2008, and the pair have decided to help this charity, who provide support and information to those affected.
For five months the guys will be living out of a van insured by Adrian Flux, and Flux have kindly sponsored them on this journey! As no sponsor money is being used to cover the costs of the trip, everyone can be confident that the money donated will go to the designated charities.
So far the total raised is just over £5500, still in need of your help!
Good Luck Guys!