Jack and Rosie

Jack's Scottish Kayak Tour, 1st-16th August 2020

Fundraising for The Fishermen's Mission
raised of £10,000 target
The Fishermen's Mission

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RCN England & Wales No. 232822, Scotland No. SC039088
We help active and retired fishermen in UK to receive emergency help


Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your kind wishes, help, support and generous donations!

The target has just been exceeded with 10,190 pounds raised for the Fishermen's Mission so far.

Latest Cash donations:

Agnes Nairn - 20 pounds
Billy and Susan Gourlay - 30 pounds
Graham and Silvi Gourlay - 20 pounds
Irene and Ian - 30 pounds
Pete - 50 pounds
Trisha Gourlay - 50 pounds
Jennifer and Jimmy Harris - 20 pounds
Lorraine Murray - 20 pounds
Kay Black - 10 pounds
David Mitchell from the Brig Tavern - 10 pounds

Other Spectators - 70 pounds

Fishmongers Hall, London - 2000 pounds

FMA Pittenweem - 500 pounds

Co-op - 100 pounds

At 8am on 1st August 2020,  I  kayaked over 500 miles around the southern half of Scotland in a fortnight in a kayak.

The journey will start and finish in the 
fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife and pass Edinburgh in the Firth of Forth, on the Forth & Clyde canal past Glasgow into the Clyde and then past Arran, Jura, Mull, Fort William and into the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness before returning to the North Sea at Inverness passing Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Please see my website for all updates (location, pictures, interviews etc):

I intend to raise money for The Fishermen’s Mission in honour of the fishing community in Fife and in particular, my girlfriend’s father who retired from 50 years of fishing at Pittenweem near where he still lives.

We may be met in Pittenweem by some local press, sponsors and even MSP Willie Rennie and MP Wendy Chamberlain, as well as by others during the second week in Collieston harbour, Inverbervie and Arbroath.

Whilst fishing is a great and noble trade, culture and way of life it can also be difficult and dangerous for fishermen and their families. This year has also been particularly difficult for fishermen financially as Covid 19 has reduced the value of their catch to such an extent that it is currently not economical to leave the harbour in their boats. The Fishermen’s Mission aims to help by providing financial assistance, support and life-saving during storms. So far, The
Coop, Fisherman’s Friend, G&J Wilson (Fishmongers of St Monans), Jellyexpress (online toy retailer), Akbaslar (clothing producer), Repair Care (wood resin manufacturer), Blakemore (Spar) and Farmfoods have offered some charitable sponsorship.

Last weekend, I lapped the Isle of Wight (68 miles) in 1 day returning at 3am).

I have also featured on the radio (4.5m listeners) including:
BBC Radio Scotland
Bauer Radio Scotland Portfolio
BBC Radio Solent, Heart FM South Coast (6-9am bulletins), Wave 105, Express FM week long interview series, Spirit FM 4-6pm bulletins, Isle of Wight Radio, Mid Downs Radio, Fire Radio, Hope FM, Awaaz FM drive time and cafe Awaaz shows and on the websites of More Radio and The Breeze South’s events page and in a few newspapers in London and Scotland (The Courier, Dundee Evening Telegraph,
The Arran Banner and Ham & High). Other newspapers are due to publish articles including more extensive weekend sections.

For more detail and examples of my content please see:

Website: http://700milekayaklapofscotland.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1xph1ydMrCd92VPlMv-izw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/londonlandsend/

Training has taken me from home in Sussex to The Isle of Wight, Brighton, Newhaven, Glynde and further afield past Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Exeter, Salcombe, Plymouth, Fowey and Falmouth as well as potentially across to France.

Best Wishes,


About the charity

The Fishermen's Mission

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RCN England & Wales No. 232822, Scotland No. SC039088
The Fishermen's Mission is the only national charity that works solely to support active and retired fishermen and their families by providing practical, financial and pastoral support. Fishing is dangerous and unpredictable. Hardship and tragedy are facts of everyday life in the UK’s fishing

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