Brave challengers battle through tough conditions for charity
On Saturday 17th March, 26 brave participants took on Age UK Lancashire’s annual Canoe Challenge along the Lancaster canal in what turned out to be the toughest one yet.
Starting from the Hand & Dagger pub in Salwick, Preston the participants had to reach the finishing point in Lancaster before the end of day light hours.
Supported by members of Age UK Lancashire and a local scout group the participants fought through high winds to make it to the 14 mile point at Garstang Marina. Many teams were able to get to further up the course with one team even making it 20 miles.
David Ward said: “The teams did brilliantly to get as far as they did but in the end we had to make the decision to finish the event early as the conditions just took over and became too dangerous. The safety of the teams is paramount and after we had a team capsize and others simply had no more energy to give, all due to high winds and snow blizzards we had to make the call”.
All the teams were taken to the finishing point at the canal side Water Witch Pub in Lancaster who welcomed everyone in and provided free chip barmcake’s for all the participants.
David Ward added: “This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Hand & Dagger and Water Witch Pubs. The teams were delighted with their welcome at the end and each received a medal too. We’d also like to thank Tesco’s and Morrison’s for providing drinks and food which kept the participants going during the challenge”.
The event is on course to raise the charity over £4000 made up from sponsorship money collected by each participant. The event is one of the biggest the charity hosts in the year and will be back for a 5th time next year.
The charity relies on fundraising to support the work they do across Lancashire helping older people in a variety of different ways, ensuring they are able to lead independent and fulfilling lives.