Kayak Challenge June 2014

Posted by Louise John on March 13, 2014

Get A-Head Kayak Challenge 2014

A team of 6 Get A-Head supporters will be grabbing their paddles and hopping into their K2 Kayaks in June this 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).

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 for towards vital research, and this challenge will be certain to raise the profile and funds for both of these causes.

kayak challenge 2014

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 whose wife suffers from ACC)

Steven Turbitt (Carl’s brother, has a love of Martial arts and is partially-sighted)


Team Two:

Tom Bromwich (Chairman of Get A-Head, both Tom and his family are affected by MTC),

Mark Lawton (a very good friend of Tom and his family, his fundraising is being matched by Microsoft)


Team Three:

Mark Esom (very good friend of Tom’s and has also lost a close friend to ACC)

Murray West (friend and colleague of Mark’s)


The teams will be updating their progress between now and the event on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GetAhead2014 so be sure to follow their journey, there are sure to be a few fun anecdotes along the way.

If you would like to sponsor the teams and show your encouragement and support please follow the links to their Just Giving pages  and of course please tweet any words of encouragement by sharing on Twitter

We’re looking forward to having you all along for the ride of this exciting, fun and ambitious challenge, keep an eye on the website for updates, 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.