24 hour kayaking marathon raises £4,000 for charity

Published on: Wednesday, 7th April 2021
24-hour paddle for MIND
24-hour paddle for MIND
24-hour paddle for MIND

A group of budding, but sleep deprived fundraisers have taken to a stretch of Nottingham waterway to raise funds for charity.

James Ibbotson from Long Eaton and friends Del Read, Sam Valman and Matt Stephenson completed a 24-hour kayaking challenge in aid of the charity MIND.

Starting from 9am on Saturday 3rd, until 9am on Sunday 4th April, the group continuously paddled the Nottingham loop from Beeston weir to the City Centre and back up the canal to Beeston, throughout the night, reaching the 125km mark by the end of the challenge.

The team were supported throughout from people donating via an on-line fundraising page and were supplied with tea and coffee to keep them going in the early hours.

All four either work full time or study full time at University so have been putting in the hours on weekends and evenings to prepare for the challenge.

James' fianceé Jasmine Ball said: "They were motivated to complete this challenge and raise money for such an important charity following an incredibly difficult year for everyone in terms of mental health.

James has been competing for GB Canoe freestyle for a number of years and following the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has been unable to train and wanted to put that energy into something positive. They have done INCREDIBLY well and managed to raise over £4000!"

24-hour paddle for MIND

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