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In January 2012 I was Kayaking in North Wales, running some amazing waterfalls in the beautiful Welsh valleys, thinking life couldn't be better. A week later I was diagnosed with Cancer and everything changed. After major surgery and a hell of a lot of support physically, mentally and emotionally from my wife, our parents, loved ones and Macmillan I managed to get back on my feet. There was along way for me to go to rebuild myself but once I was feeling strong again I started thinking about how I could challenge myself. How I could test myself and be truly alive...

So, after a period of recovery I began my plan to Kayak 10 UK waterfalls, with help from my paddling chums. We have videod the events and I am editing them in to a decent film for everyone to share. We started on Sunday 3rd Feb, 2013 and we started off where I had last paddled - the waterfalls of the beautiful Welsh valleys! We finished on Tuesday 1 December 2015 on the Swale, finally, after some adrenaline filled drops, plenty of miles on the road and a few waterfalls so dry we didn't bother unpacking our boats. The years it has taken to finish the challenge have been as much of a roller coaster as the falls themselves! 

To show my thanks to Macmillan for their amazing support and to prove to myself and everyone that has helped me that I am a fighter, I am raising money for a new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre that is being planned for Brighton in East Sussex. The centre has been designed by experts and people effected by Cancer to offer support and advice in a calm, non-clinical environment.

For me Macmillan's support was invaluable. At a time when everything and everyone around you is falling apart and you spend your days in hospital corridors contemplating your chances they are there with advice, counselling and practical help like an oasis. The Centre they are in the final stages of  building will help them reach so many more people in my position or worse, and their families. They need to raise £3.7m so I am happy to throw myself off waterfalls in a boat to go some way towards that - if you can help by sponsoring me!

ALL the money raised will go towards the charity. NONE has been be used by me to fund the trips! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for ANY donations you are able to give.

Updates 4

First phase of the project completed. 3 Waterfalls in the bag and a video trailer is on its way ;)

05/02/13 09:03

I have started a Blog to keep you all up to date with how the project is progressing. http://richardbrinkmann.blogspot.co.uk/

14/12/12 11:57

Wow, thanks for the donations everyone. feb 3rd is the first planned session in which we hope to get 3 drops. I will post teasers for some of the drops as we go so you can keep up with our progress. Goooooooo team!

23/11/12 09:20

Right...I have begun! in the middle of setting up the page and have a few people on board for the first outing in which we hope to get 3 Waterfalls eeeek!

19/11/12 08:48

Raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

We know cancer can affect everything – your work, your relationships, your finances. And by donating today, you’ll be helping us make sure we can continue to provide all our essential services. So that when someone’s facing a difficult time, we can help them start to feel more in control again.

Raising money for

Run by Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

Donations 106

Looks like a brilliant challenge and for a brilliant cause, well done Richard. All the best Cathy, Andrew & Helen

Donation by Andrew Roebuck on 12/03/16

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Well done Richard, a great acheivement and a very worthy cause.

Donation by Geoff & Sylv on 09/03/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Brilliant job Boyo!xx

Donation by sophie thomas on 09/03/16

£55.00

+ £13.75 Gift Aid

Waterfalls, Wedding Present, Brinkmann! Sorted! X Well done Richard, all the best. Steve W-M.

Donation by Steven Wood-Matthews on 03/03/16

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Davide on 02/03/16

€5.00

Donation by Anonymous on 28/02/16

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Cash Raised During our Film showing. Thank you to everyone who came and got so involved. This is just a small part of what we raised on the night.

Donation by Anonymous on 25/02/16

£543.53

We don't know each other but I watched your film and Macmillan are an absolutely amazing charity and do superb work which family and friends have benefited greatly from - Keep hucking fellow Kayaker!

Donation by Andrew Richards on 23/02/16

text donation

Amazing job Richard and such a great cause and an inspiration for the paddling community

Donation by Steve Moore on 23/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

via sms

Very well done Richard!

Donation by Tricia (Freda Watsons` sister) on 22/02/16

Amazing Richard....well done. Love the video!!

Donation by Freda on 22/02/16

Go Richi Go!!!

Donation by Frank on 21/02/16

£20.00

Cant wait to wet my self with laughter!

Donation by Craig and Vanessa on 21/02/16

£75.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 21/02/16

£5.00

via sms

text donation

Nice one Richie!!!! Your great! Alex and Hati

Donation by Alex Bryant on 21/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

via sms

Good work Ritchie! Here's to smashing that total!

Donation by 'Tony T' on 18/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Have a great day on Sunday. Much love x

Donation by Sophie C on 18/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I have heard a little of your suffering but the majority of what I have heard is your amazing courage and endurance. Good luck to you.

Donation by Lou Payton on 17/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 17/02/16

£1.00

via sms

Well done Richard x

Donation by Francis and Elaine Staples on 16/02/16

£20.00

text donation

The TextGiving works honey!! Text KYAK75 £amount to 70070

Donation by lucy Brinkmann on 15/02/16

£1.00

+ £0.25 Gift Aid

via sms

Such a worthy and important cause, Well done xxxx

Donation by Di Victory on 15/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well Done, Love Chris and Vicky (Ryans Dad and Mum) xx

Donation by Anonymous on 14/02/16

£20.00

Well done. Great cause.

Donation by Nick BC on 02/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Fantastic thing you have done sir for a very worthwhile cause. Best of luck with reaching your target.

Donation by Kevin on 12/01/16

£10.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,022.70
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£27.00
  • Total raised£4,049.70
  • Gift Aid£714.56

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