Charity Paddle for the Air Ambulance
On the morning of Sept. 16th 2015 I had the dreaded phonecall from hell that that no parent ever wishes to receive. My son jake had been struck by a vehicle during the morning school run. On my journey home from work which seemed to go on forever.
I was informed by the emergency services that the wales air ambulance had been deployed and briefed on the incident in hand. Despite the horrific thoughts going through my mind and also what I saw when I got there,luck was on our side thankfully,even though it didn't look nice he was alive and was staying thay way. The crew at waa were absolutely amazing and this was a debt which had to be repaid for my family's conscience. At a monthly swka meeting I asked the members who the majority of i knew quite well by now if anyone could come up with an idea on how I could go about this?
Well the response was fantastic!a few ideas were thrown in the hat to begin with,then we had a discussion on a good challenge that pushed our limits and also keeping risk of injury to a minimum. It was decided that we would paddle the length of the brecon Monmouthshire canal (36 miles in total) to raise money for this fantastic NON FUNDED charity.and on the morning of June 4th 2016, 19 of us descended upon the banks of the canal and did just that . It took the best part of 14 hrs paddling time.
Quite gruelling and monotonous at times,but the worthiness of the cause helped us through it. £4300 was the final figure,enough for 3 missions by waa which gave myself,family and the swka lads a huge sense of achievement! One thing I will say for the club is if it wasn't for swka, I would never have known these guys and their families and that money would be nowhere near the figure it was without them! Just goes to show the level of understanding,commitment and companionship that swka has and is something we should be proud of! Cheers guys. Mike.