Stephen Chard

Steve is kayaking the waterways of 'The Great Loop' of N. America

Fundraising for Kidney Research UK
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Recently retired Emergency Care Assistant Steve Chard, of Dorchester Ambulance Station, is fundraising for 

Kidney Research UK

..and 3 more British, 3 American and 2 Canadian charities..!!

This is my ultimate way to celebrate retirement -an extreme challenge for me AND a reason to fundraise for charity.

I am paddling solo, camping each night and carrying all needed in my sea kayak -tent, food, cooking gear etc., etc...

My 6000+ miles route will ONLY take me about 15 months to complete!

I start from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 1st June 2018, heading north inshore of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Islands and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, around the Gaspe Peninsula and up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa via the Ottawa River. I then take the Rideau Canal to enter the Great Lakes at Kingston, ON. After a break to visit Toronto and Niagara Falls it’s the Trent-Severn Waterway to Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron. I enter the USA at Mackinac Island and cross Lake Michigan to Chicago where I head south for the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, back into the sea at Mobile, Alabama. Then it's circumnavigate Florida by the Gulf Intra-coastal Waterway to Fort Myers, the Okeechobee Waterway and Lake to join the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway at Stuart to head off up the east coast to Chesapeake Bay. After a break at Annapolis to visit the US Naval Academy and Washington DC it’s Baltimore, the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, back down to Cape May and up the AICW again to Atlantic and New York Cities.Time off in NYC, paddle to the USN Submarine Museum at Groton, CT, on to visit Boston and then hug the coastline around the Gulf of Maine, the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and back to Halifax.... 


My charities have all been associated with my life; I am retiring from the South Western Ambulance Service, worked in Dorset County Hospital’s Renal Unit and served in the Submarine Service of the Royal Navy. Please choose to donate directly to any one of my four charities, or your donation can be split equally between them.

Choose your charity by scrolling on down to click on 'Steve's Paddlers'

Thank you,

Steve  ...and

Kidney Research UK

Walking With The Wounded

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

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Kidney Research UK

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We are the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK. Kidney disease ruins and destroys lives. Treatments are gruelling, relentless. There is no cure. We say this isn't good enough. We will transform kidney health. Kidney disease ends here.

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