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Stephen Chard

Steve's kayak the waterways of 'The Great Loop' of N. America

Fundraising for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

6 %
raised of £2,500 target
by 10 supporters

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

We provide end of life care to help our patients across Dorset

Charity Registration No. 1000414


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Recently retired Emergency Care Assistant Steve Chard of Dorchester Ambulance Station is fundraising for 

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

..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+ mile 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 Kingsto, ON.. After a break to visit Toronto and Niagara Falls it’s  the Trent-Severn Waterway into Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron.I enter the USA at Mackinac Island and cross  Lake Michigan to reach Chicago where I head south for the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio rivers and the Tennessee-Tombigee 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 andWashington DC, it’s Baltimore, the Chesapeake and 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 served in the South Western Ambulance Service and the Submarine Service of the Royal Navy and worked in Dorset County Hospital’s  Renal Unit. 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,


Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance 

Weldmar Hospice Trust

Walking With The Wounded

Kidney Research UK

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