Kayak 2 Normandy

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THE CHALLENGE

75th D-DAY ANNIVERSARY – KAYAK TO NORMANDY

To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, our intrepid team of six will kayak across the English Channel to reach the Normandy beaches in under 24 hours. Following the same route that was taken by the D- Day invasion force this gruelling 100-mile kayak will highlight the spirit of co- operation and teamwork.

THE CAUSE

Team member and former Royal Marine, Joe Humphrey, lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan and personally has benefitted from this amazing charity.

Our target amount to raise is £30,000. We also hope to promote adventure, teamwork and inclusion with men and women with different skills and abilities working together to achieve something incredible.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Joel Whittaker

Joel Whittaker served 8 years in the Parachute Regiment before working with media teams in various war zones. He now leads the High Risk department at ITN. He devised this latest challenge to promote adventure and teamwork whilst raising funds for BLESMA.

Mandy Clark is a journalist and former war correspondent who has always enjoyed a challenge but this will be her greatest to date. During her three years living and working on the frontline, she witnessed soldiers and civilians suffer catastrophic injuries in war. She believes in the importance of that lifelong support that BLESMA provides to servicemen and women.

Mandy and Mike in a fast kayak

Joe Humphrey was a Royal Marines Commando for 9 years. In Afghanistan, a sniper shot him and he lost his left leg. He competed twice in Wounded Warrior Games, winning medals for swimming freestyle, breaststroke and relay. Joe is looking forward to working as a team again, pushing himself physically and mentally as well as raising money for a great cause.

Alyx and Joe loving a bit of manmade wave action training on the Thames

Alyx Barker is a producer at ITN. She’s always had a thirst for adventure but has never tested herself quite like this! With forces friends serving and former, she’s looking forward to facing this challenge for a fantastic cause.

Bryony Henderson is a doctor in South-West London but, in her spare time, enjoys competing in triathlons and other endurance events.

Bryony Henderson in training

She also enjoys rock climbing and has spent many hours looking out to sea when on various crags but, having never set foot in a kayak previously, this will be a challenge that is testing but physically and mentally.

Rebecca Tweed is enjoying a career break from corporate life.  The challenge will be a huge step up from corporate life.  The challenge will be a huge step up from her distant university rowing days!  She relishes being part of a highly motivated team and stretching both her physical and mental capabilities.

Belsma are the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives, offering financial and emotional support to them and their families. Since WW1 they have worked tirelessly to guarantee that our limbless veterans are not failed, forgotten or to left to fend for themselves. her distant university rowing days!  She relishes being part of a highly motivated team and stretching both her physical and mental capabilities.