Penzance kayakers paddle through the night for charity
MORE than 50 Penzance kayakers paddled nearly 400 miles in a 24 hour marathon charity paddle for charity.
Penzance Canoe Club kayaked the equivalent of 400 miles - the distance from Lands End to Glasgow by sea - to raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care and to remember two club members that passed away in 2012.
Christopher Prescott lost his battle with cancer and his short stay in St Julia’s inspired the club to raise much needed funds for a local and deserving charity.
Gary Scrase was a family man who gave many hours to the local community working with the cliff rescue team.
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Dan Tolchard, one of the organisers from PZCC, said: “Chris and Gary would always be there to help where needed, and the charity event staged in their memory is simply a continuation of the kindness and charity that they both showed others.”
Starting at 4pm last Friday night the first team left the safety of Penzance harbour and headed over to Newlyn for ice cream from Jelbert’s.
For the next 24 hours teams of paddlers left the canoe club on the Albert Pier and took on two hour paddling relay sessions to a range of locations within Mounts Bay.
The sessions throughout the hours of darkness were to Mousehole and back with tea and cake at the club’s new state of the art club house at the end of each session.
During the daylight hour’s paddlers of all abilities took part in a variety of activities and even games of kayak polo all in the effort to keep paddling.
Dan said: “Some of the participants have only just joined the club this summer and are already taking on new challenges such as using sea kayaks and paddling on rivers.
“The sight of seven paddlers heading out to the Mount as the sun came up was quite spectacular and is something our members will remember for a long while.
“The great thing about this type of event is that so many people cared and got involved in some way to help and support it, making cakes, lifting boats, leading groups on the water, cooking barbeque food and street collecting by kayaking across the prom in a boat on wheels, everything was just perfect as was the weather.
“Our final total on the day reached £3,400 for the charity so we need to say a big thank you to all who helped and gave money and time to support it.”
The club will be helping out as safety support at the Newlyn Swim and Swim for Logan on August 31.
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