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The Paddling Partners - Sandra & Debs

Read a personal account from 2 of our fantastic fundraisers' who took part in the Devizes to Westminster Race...

"We trained, we laughed, we cried, we ached and in the end we managed to paddle 92 miles, over 22 hours AND we raised £7776.20 for CHECT.

After deciding a year ago to undertake the Devizes to Westminster Race, we began our training in earnest. Never having paddled before we had a lot to learn if we were going to stand any chance of even entering the world's longest non-stop canoe marathon. We overcame many fears and Easter weekend arrived all too soon.

Debbie and I set off from Devizes in Wiltshire at 10.30 on Easter Saturday in glorious sunshine. For the first 55 miles of the race, we were well ahead of our scheduled time despite the heat. Tiredness set in around Marlow and when we got to Maidenhead it was difficult to stand up. There was no flow on the Thames and this made our task even harder. At Windsor it was thick fog and we were struggling. Against the wishes of our support crew, we paddled on, but at Staines, we had to call it a day. My elbow gave up and I could no longer hold the paddle. We sat on the bank together in tears waiting to be rescued by our wonderful support crew.

After a minor emotional collapse, I am pleased to report that sanity has prevailed. I am extremely pleased with what we achieved against bad odds. I am immensely proud to have taken part in this amazing event to raise money for CHECT and am so lucky to have such a supportive family and friends who believed in us and donated their time and money so generously. No regrets - just a lot of body parts to heal!!

Next Friday, we are rounding it all off with a Charity Pamper evening which will is being hosted by Hillmotts Spa in Beaconsfield. It should be a great evening and hopefully bump our fund raising effort to nearer £10,000. Tickets are still available at the link below if you are able to join us. There will be live jazz music, BBQ, Pimms, mini pampering treatments and an amazing firework display."

www.hillmotts.co.uk/fitness-retreat.asp?ActId=1718§ion=2