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Matthew's Charity Paddle!

Fundraising for SignHealth
raised of £1,500 target
by 32 supporters
Matthew's Charity Paddle

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RCN 1011056
We are here to improve Deaf people's health & wellbeing


Paddle with Purpose!

This summer, Matthew Sykes is diving headfirst into an exhilarating charity paddle event. He is an experienced whitewater paddler and will be the first person ever to complete a marathon paddle at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre which was built for the 2012 London Olympics. He fell in love with the Olympic sport of canoe slalom at the age of 10, training hard to compete at the top level, representing both Great Britain and Ireland at international competitions and the only Deaf competitor to do so. Now he needs your support - join us on 8th June at the Lee Valley White Water Centre as he paddles 26 miles, equivalent to 42 laps, all in the name of raising funds for SignHealth, a vital deaf mental health charity.

About the Challenge

Matthew will be navigating the Olympic canoe slalom course, as well as the lake. He is gearing up for an adrenaline-fuelled journey that promises excitement at every turn. With your help, he aims to complete the 26-mile challenge within 4–5 hours, including well-deserved breaks.

Why We're Paddling:

Mental health knows no bounds, and neither should access to support. SignHealth is on a mission to provide essential mental health services to the deaf community, ensuring that no one is left behind. By supporting Matthew's charity paddle, you're not just donating to a cause – you're helping to break down barriers and create a brighter future for deaf individuals in need.

Learn more about his canoeing career:

How You Can Help:

1) Donate: Your generosity can make a real difference. Every pound will support SignHealth's vital mental health services for the deaf community.

2) Spread the Word: Share Matthew's fundraiser far and wide! The more people aware, the closer we reach our £1,500 target.

3) Join Us: Come out on the 8th and show your support for Matthew. Your cheers and encouragement will keep him motivated every stroke of the way!

SignVideo and SignHealth Make Waves for Mental Health:

Join Matthew as he paddles toward his fundraising target. Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of deaf people in need of mental health support.

With thanks to Lee Valley Whitewater Centre (GLL) and Peak Paddlesports for their support with this event. All donations will go directly to SignHealth.

Thank you for your generosity and support!

About the charity


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RCN 1011056
We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Deaf people. Our range of specialist services are delivered in BSL, including psychological therapy, social care, domestic abuse support, advocacy and more. We also collaborate and campaign to improve access to health care and information.

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