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Steve Boaz

Canoeing the length of The River Severn

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]When I turned 40 in Sept 2017. I was given some birthday money by my parents and decided to buy a canoe. I had done a lot of water sports as a child and it was something I could do with my own children as they grew up. [/p][p]After a few canoe trips with a friend over the winter I finally got to take my three children Abi, Sam and Jack out on the River Avon on the May Bank Holiday. They all loved it but especially Jack my youngest, he had the biggest smile on his face. [/p][p]Sadly that was to be his only time in the canoe. A few weeks later he was poorly, seriously enough for his mummy to take him to A & E at Worcester Royal Hospital.[/p][p]The doctor immediately realised something was wrong and as soon as a bed was available the next day, Jack was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. [/p][p]The next ten weeks were to be the most devastating in our lives. Jack was very ill but they could not work out what was wrong. His health deteriorated at an alarming rate and by the time they did diagnose a rare form of leukaemia, it was too late. Jack died on 23rd September 2018 aged just three and a half. [/p][p]Our lives shattered and never to be the same again. A loss so painful no parent should have to go through. [/p][p]There is no right or wrong way to grieve but I felt closest to him doing the things that I hoped we would do together. So I got back on the water with the canoe and decided I would like to do a canoe challenge, in memory of Jack but also as part of my grieving process. If I could raise some money at the same time I could give a little back. Birmingham Children’s Hospital did everything they could to try and save Jack. Also we are raising money for The Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, they are a wonderful charity raising awareness of childhood cancer and symptoms, vital funds for research and support to families dealing with childhood cancer. [/p][p]Any support you can give would be much appreciated thank you. [/p]
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Oct 24, 2019

Anna Tarver

This has been on my to do list for forever! Better late than never 🤭 So proud of what you have achieved xxx


Oct 18, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 22, 2019

Nikki Rogers

Triathlon completed - thinking of you all as I ran the last bit - noexcuses, becauseican

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 17, 2019

Nicole Jones

You are superhuman.

Jul 16, 2019

Rob Havard

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 13, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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Jul 11, 2019

Hallaton Primary School and Chloe Bussey

Well done Steve - amazing challenge. I know we are far away but thinking of you all and hope you find some comfort from us doing a little bit over here in Leicestershire for your Captain Chaos Challenge and BCH.


Jul 9, 2019


Well done Steve, Andy & Britta + the back up team

£250.00 plus £62.50 Gift Aid