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Kayaking down 10 UK waterfalls for Macmillan Cancer Support because I want to give back to the people who helped me.

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Macmillan Cancer Support

We support people affected by cancer to make sure no one faces cancer alone

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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.

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