Canoeists make a splash

23rd May 2018

Canoeists in Clevedon in Somerset aim to make a splash with a sponsored paddle to fight meningitis


Members of Clevedon Canoe Club will be taking on the 12-hour challenge to raise funds for us. They’re aiming to raise £2,000 towards our lifesaving and life-changing work.

It takes place at the Marine Lake in the town from 9am to 9pm on Saturday 26 May, when club members will be sponsored to paddle laps, with the individual and combined distance being logged.

Join in, for a donation

Members of the public can join in, for a donation, so if you’re in the area or fancy a Bank Holiday weekend day out, why not go along and join in?

There will be a range of other activities for visitors to get involved in, including a ‘guess the number of balls in the kayak’ competition, an on-shore paddling challenge and a cake bake competition and sale.

Club coaches and local coastguards will also be on hand to give demonstrations of how to rescue swimmers from the water.

Raising awareness and funds

Annette Colbourn, one of the organisers with Clevedon Canoe Club, said, “We’re delighted to be running this day to raise awareness of meningitis and funds to help fight it and support Meningitis Now in their valuable work."

“We’re supporting the charity because canoe club member Steve Lawes is also the leader of the safety team that works with the charity on their UK mountain challenges."

“He has told us about his experiences with people who have lost loved ones to this devastating disease – we felt it was important to support Steve and his chosen charity.”

New sea kayaking challenge

Steve is also in training to lead a sea kayaking challenge for us, which will be a completely new venture.

“It promises to be a great day out for a great cause, so please come along and support us if you can,” Annette added.

Leah Wynn, our Community Fundraiser for the South West, said, “We’re so grateful to Annette, Steve and everyone at Clevedon Canoe Club for putting on this fantastic fundraiser and hope they have an enjoyable and successful day.”

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