Mates raise cash for cancer charity with canoe down the River ThamesBy Jonathan Low
September 17, 2012
A group of six friends from Bracknell raised more than £1,200 for MacMillan Cancer Support after successfully canoeing 124 miles down the River Thames.
Jon Date, a PR executive, and five others made the journey between Lechlade in Gloucestershire and Teddington in south west London – the non-tidal stretch of the river.
The 23-year-old said: “The hardest thing was the mental challenge, having to get up each day and do the same thing for 10 or 11 hours, but the last day it was a bit easier. It was a really good experience and there was a great feeling of satisfaction at the end of each day, knowing you’ve accomplished something.”
The group canoed an average of 25 miles per day, and camped overnight during the five-day row.
Jon was accompanied by marketing administrator James Carroll, 24, Lee Whiting, 24, a software test engineer, surveyor Dave Lyons, 24, freelance designer Joe Elliott-Walker, 24 and his younger brother Riordan, 21, who is a student.
If you wish to sponsor the group, there is still time, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/canoe.