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Stephen Chard

Steve's kayak 'The Great Loop' of N. America for our Air Ambulance

Fundraising for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

31 %
raised of £2,500 target
by 25 supporters

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

We provide critical care to patients in need.

Charity Registration No. 1078685


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

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

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance 

..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 into 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 Stuart, FL, to join the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway 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 Submarine Force 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....

I said solo ...but please come paddle with me for ANY period of time ANYWHERE along the route...

My charities have all been associated with my life; I am retiring from the South Western Ambulance Service, I worked at Dorset County Hospital in the Renal Unit and served as a submariner  in the Royal Navy.

I said charities... you can also support this whole raft of causes :-

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

Kidney Research UK

Walking With The Wounded

HMCS Sackville, The Canadian Naval Memorial 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Disabled American Veterans 

The American Kidney Fund 

The US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum.

Please choose to donate directly to any one of my 4 British charities ..or your donation can be split equally between them.

To donate to one of the American charities please use my corresponding JustGiving page.

To support one of the Canadian charities please visit either:

PaddleWithSteve -HMCS Sackville, Canada's Naval Memorial 

PaddleWithSteve -Kidney Foundation of Canada 


Please do 'paddle with Steve' - all of these charities, and me, need your support ...thanks, Steve

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