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Kayak 2 Normandy

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[p][b]THE CHALLENGE[/b][/p][p][b]75th D-DAY ANNIVERSARY - KAYAK TO NORMANDY[/b][/p][p]To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, our intrepid team of six will kayak across the English Channel to reach the Normandy beaches in under 24 hours. Following the same route that was taken by the D- Day invasion force this gruelling 100-mile kayak will highlight the spirit of co- operation and teamwork.[/p][p][b]THE CAUSE[/b][/p][p]In completing this challenge we intend to raise funds and awareness for BLESMA, a charity which has provided prosthetic limbs for veterans since 1918.[/p][p]Team member and former Royal Marine, Joe Humphrey, lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan and personally has benefitted from this amazing charity.[/p][p]Our target amount to raise is £30,000. We also hope to promote adventure, teamwork and inclusion with men and women with different skills and abilities working together to achieve something incredible.[/p][p][b]MEET THE TEAM[/b][/p][p][i]Joel Whittaker[/i] served 8 years in the Parachute Regiment before working with media teams in various war zones. He now leads the High Risk department at ITN. He devised this latest challenge to promote adventure and teamwork whilst raising funds for BLESMA.[/p][p][i]Mandy Clark[/i] is a journalist and former war correspondent who has always enjoyed a challenge but this will be her greatest to date. During her three years living and working on the frontline, she witnessed soldiers and civilians suffer catastrophic injuries in war. She believes in the importance of that lifelong support that BLESMA provides to servicemen and women.[/p][p][i]Joe Humphrey[/i] was a Royal Marines Commando for 9 years. In Afghanistan, a sniper shot him and he lost his left leg. He competed twice in Wounded Warrior Games, winning medals for swimming freestyle, breaststroke and relay. Joe is looking forward to working as a team again, pushing himself physically and mentally as well as raising money for a great cause.[/p][p][i]Alyx Barker[/i] is a producer at ITN. She's always had a thirst for adventure but has never tested herself quite like this! With forces friends serving and former, she's looking forward to facing this challenge for a fantastic cause.[/p][p][i]Bryony Henderson[/i] is a doctor in South-West London but, in her spare time, enjoys competing in triathlons and other endurance events. Having never set foot in a kayak previously, this will be a challenge that is testing both physically and mentally.[/p][p][i]Rebecca Tweed[/i] is enjoying a career break from corporate life. The challenge will be a huge step up from her distant university rowing days! She relishes being part of a highly motivated team and stretching both her physical and mental capabilities.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

05 Jun 2019


Jun 26, 2019

Jonathan Wald

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2019

Shakira R Wilks

Jun 19, 2019

David Newman

Well done guys!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 17, 2019

Anna M

Good luck

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2019

Jenny Giangrande

Jun 12, 2019


Well done Bryony! Amazing initiative!


Jun 8, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 7, 2019



Jun 6, 2019

Tony OBrien

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2019


Well done Alyx, huge effort. Love Louise xxx