Andrew Swainston


Mind has been speaking out for better mental health for 60 years and is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. At Mind, we work for a better life for everyone with experience of mental or emotional distress.
Heroes on the water UK
HEROES ON THE WATER UK provides the proven therapy of Kayak Angling to help in the rehabilitation of our wounded heroes including military, emergency services and civilians who have suffered while carrying out a public duty. Fully equipped sessions with qualified coaches are provided free to all participants.

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Andrew Swainston

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Hello all. My name is Andy. In june 2017 I am going to attempt to kayak around Britian, hopefully in under 80 days. the reason for this challenge is to raise awarreness for PTSD in the emergeny services, armed forces and the general public.

A bit about me. Im am ex forces of 13 years and for the last 14 years I have been a Paramedic. it is my time as a Paramedic I began to suffer with nightmares and flash backs. I was not sleeping and in the process i destroyed my family life through reckless behaviour and heavy drinking to help block the memories. it came to a point where i just couldnt take it any more and attempted to kill my self. Thankfully I can say now i was found in time.

As a result i felt it would be a good idea to actually raise awarness for this illness, and to raise much needed funds for a couple of charities.

the charities I have picked are Heroes on the water and the mental health charity MIND. please check out there websites.

thank you for your support

kind Regards


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12.07.17 I'm sorry you weren't able to continue your quest to circumnavigate Britain but well done for trying. Glad you made yourself known to my cousin in Happisburgh.

29.06.17 Inspirational trip. Thanks for sharing you high points and low points and look forward to hearing more. Well done for a great cause.

28.06.17 like I said, if we spot you paddling up through Birmingham on the canals we'll know you've taken the ultimate short-cut!

27.06.17 Heard about you and your endeavour from Carol and Dom at The Outlook in Happisburgh. We're all full of praise for you and wish you well. Paddy Bazeley

26.06.17 What a challenge you have set for yourself. As someone earlier has said, I hope you can take time to enjoy it - forget the 80 days if necessary! And I wish you luck with your fundraising for such a good cause.

23.06.17 Good to meet you at Happisburgh. Good luck with the rest of the journey.

23.06.17 Good luck Andy. Make sure you take time to enjoy the challenge and experience around such a varied and fascinating coastline (and the varied and fascinating people).


08.06.17 Best of luck and let us know how you get on!

05.06.17 Good luck

29.05.17 Good luck and enjoy. I'm sure you'll have tough days but they'll make you enjoy the good ones.

23.05.17 Stay safe.

21.05.17 Good luck Andy x

18.05.17 Good luck Andy on your awesome challenge. Take care and I hope you can keep us up to date with how you are going.

28.03.17 Good luck bud and enjoy.

22.03.17 Good luck Andy!

26.01.17 Good luck mate Pete Carr (Ecka).

25.01.17 Good luck. Fantastic cause.

24.01.17 Happy paddling. Best wishes for your training and adventure.

13.12.16 Good luck mate. An awesome challenge and I am very envious! Take care and please keep us up to date with how its going . . .

06.12.16 Andy, good luck mate! I am in awe of what you are doing, but at the same time not surprised. You, and other PTSD sufferers have given so much for the benefit of others, I just wish I could do more. I hope to be in UK during your challenge, hope to meet!

05.12.16 I will get you started, I hope you can paddle better than you fish ;o)


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