Charity Kayak Challenge June 2014

Posted by Louise John on November 4, 2013

A team of 6 Get A-Head supporters will be grabbing their paddles  and hopping into their K2 Kayaks in June next year, all to increase the profile of Get A-Head and to raise much needed funds to support vital research in to Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) and Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC).

Kayak Rogue

So…The challenge consists of three teams of two in double kayaks, the teams will set off from a location in Birmingham and aim to arrive in London within 48 hours. With well over 100 miles to cover and as many locks, this is really is a challenge not to be taken on lightly, already in training our guys are serious and dedicated to making this happen!

The teams are made up of people who have been personally effected by or watched a loved one be effected by a rare form of Head and Neck cancer, ACC or MTC, both of which Get A-Head raise funds towards vital research, and this challenge will be certain to raise the profile and funds for both of these causes.

The Team’s will be made up of:

Team one:  Carl Turbitt (who instigated the event, has been the driving force to get it done, and is not afraid to use his whistle when required), Steven Turbitt (Carl’s brother and team mate, has a love of Martial arts ),

Team Two: Tom Bromwich (Chairman of Get A-Head, person with the most hours in the day, and a very busy P.A!), Mark Lawton (first one with a just giving page and generously supported by Microsoft with matched funding https://www.justgiving.com/mark-lawton2 )

Team Three: Mark Esom (Fuel behind team three, with the ability to recruit!), Murray West (Mark’s wing man, with a  paddle!)

The teams will be Blogging their progress between now and the event, so be sure to follow their journey, there are sure to be a few fun anecdotes along the way.

We will also have their just giving links for you to show your encouragement and support, and of course please tweet any words of encouragement…

Look forward to having you all along for the ride of this excting, fun and ambitious challenge, keep an eye on the website for uspdates, more getting to know the team, and your chance to be involved with supporting them along the way!

We have some fantastic support from Rybrook Motors and Monitise so far… If you work for a company that may want to get involved with this fantastic event please contact Louise at the Get A-Head office on 0121 371 5046 or Email: louise.john@uhb.nhs.uk to find out how you can get on board