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Kayak Channel Challenge 2016

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veWayne Bradley from Cambridge will be undertaking his ultimate challenge to raise much needed funds and awareness for the MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION.

The challenge is to kayak across the English Channel, the world’s busiest shipping lane from Dungeness in England to Boulogne in France.

With currents that can be measured in miles per hour and waves that could reach metres high, this is not a challenge to be taken lightly. The maximum depth of the channel is 180 metres and hundreds of ships, coasters, ferries and fishing vessels use it every day.

I am undertaking a major training schedule to get me ready for this cross channel attempt. Working on my stamina, endurance and capsize drills, I must be ready for all eventualities. The crossing itself will take approximately 9 hours to paddle, paddling with the tide at the start and when the tide turns at the end.

I will have a safety boat keeping an eye on me, as it is a legal requirement to kayak from England to France. Once I set off from Dungeness I have to make good time against the weather and tides. If I fall behind time, the attempt will have to be aborted by the safety boat.

I am hoping to inspire people to help the MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION. For many years I have been trying to help others and try, even in small ways, to make a difference in people’s lives. I am very fortunate to have a family with two amazing children whom I am very proud of. I work in the pest control and drainage industry, so I am also very lucky there. I know for some people life is not that easy, and it personally pains me to hear about people struggling through their personal problems.

I have myself struggled through some very life threatening times, not knowing if I will see a new day, so I know what it’s like to lie there thinking why me? Years ago my life changed when I watched a documentary about the orphanages in Romania and with tears running down my face, I decided from then on I was going to do whatever I could to make a change in people’s lives.

In this amazing world that we live in, there should not be people starving and dying of thirst. My life’s journey is to help as many people as possible and to try and inspire people to help other. It doesn’t have to be a big event, you could just knock at the elderly lady down the road and ask if she would like a chat, or help her with the gardening, many elderly people are very proud and also quite lonely.

Look at people in your community, is there someone you think may need some help?
Over the years I have done many fundraising events for many different charities trying to inspire people to do the same. These charities rely on fundraisers to do their amazing work. Today there are vaccinations and drugs available to treat some forms of cancer and this is possible because of all the wonderful people fundraising for cancer research – every penny does count!

Wayne what people inspire you?
There are a few people that inspire me, the first is my dad – he was the greatest man and always supporting me, always inspiring me to do the best I can. Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dame Ellen MacArthur are also great inspirations to me.

What makes you do what you do?
I genuinely feel personal emotional pain if I hear of people struggling through an illness or hunger, etc. I can get so affected that I have to do something about it, even in a small way.

What do you get out of these events?
Helping people is what I do, sometimes an event will take such a long time to plan at great personal cost to myself in time and money. If I help, even in a small way, a charity or a person then it’s all worthwhile.

Do you think some things you do are dangerous?
Some people would say jumping from planes and kayaking across the channel is dangerous but in fact these events are carefully planned, so the danger element is greatly reduced.

What is the most difficult part of what you do?
The most difficult part is not jumping from a plane, it is in fact asking people for money. No one likes to ask for money, but if the end goal is to help sick children to get a wish, or people to have clean water then I just have to keep asking.

The MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION is such an amazing charity, they give wishes to children that are suffering from a terminal illnesses. To meet a famous pop star or jump from a plane, these wishes are so important to not only the person making the wish but to the parents and loved ones around them. Having a wish come true gives the whole family a magical time together, a time to cherish and to see their loved one so happy away from hospital and medications.

Please visit their website and see how you to can get involved. If you would like to sponsor me kayaking the English Channel, I would be so humbled and grateful. All the money goes direct to this amazing charity, so your pennies will make someone’s wish come true.

Please visit my website
​You can contact me on or 07934 587597
Thank you to VE Paddles For supporting me.


About thepaddlerezine (654 Articles)
Editor of The Paddler magazine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.

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