We are competing in this years Devizes to Westminster International Canoe race to raise awareness and much needed funds for two charities. Both crew members (Chris and Paul) have witnessed first hand the cruel effects of Alzheimer's and Dementia, and have friends and family living with MS. Their challenge is to paddle 125 miles in a Canadian Canoe or C2 whilst portaging 77 times over the Easter weekend, from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster bridge in London.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, which firmly believes research can create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. The charity powers world-class studies that give us the best chance of achieving this and beating dementia sooner. Its scientists’ groundbreaking work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. In the UK, more than 850,000 people are living with dementia, a number which is rising rapidly, as by 2025 dementia will affect over one million people in the UK. One in three children born today will die with dementia. There are currently no treatments to stop the diseases that cause dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s mission is to bring about a life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.
MS-UK was established in 1993, and is a small national charity dedicated to empowering people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) to make the most of today, and live life to the full. MS is a disease of the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). Approximately 100,000 people in the UK live with multiple sclerosis, and MS-UK provides information and support for anyone affected by MS. MS-UK runs three national services, the MS-UK Helpline, a bi-monthly magazine New Pathways and MS-UK Counselling. MS-UK also has a wellness centre based in Essex, Josephs Court.
Will you help? Every pound we raise will help power pioneering research and afford support to suffers and families which will make a difference to so many people's lives, perhaps even yours.
Through Virgin Giving Money you can make your donation which will be quickly processed and passed to the charity of your choice. Click on the charity logo below to make your donation.
After this years race we will be donating our C2 'Forget Me Not II' to the Henley Canoe Club to support their training program for endurance canoeing and would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our main sponsor The Frog at Skirmett which is located near Henley on Thames.