On Wednesday evening 70+ local residents and paddlers from across the North of England gathered at the Mixenden Activity Centre eager to hear all about an epic voyage around the coast of Britain in an open boat.
In April 2017 ex Halifax Police Inspector Colin Skeath set off with his nephew, Davis, to circumnavigate the UK mainland in an open Canadian canoe. 86 days later the journey of around 2500 miles was complete making Colin and Davis the first people ever to achieve this mission.
And it really was a mission. Some of us felt quite seasick just listening!
Hosted by Halifax Canoe Club and Mixenden Activity Centre the event drew canoeists and kayakers from as far afield as Oldham, Holmfirth and Hull and raised a total of £288.89 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Colin was Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for the area until his retirement in January 2017 – we’ve even managed to dig out an old photos of Colin as a sergeant on Hambleton in 2008 with local residents Betty Taylor and Linda Redhead.
The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life shortening conditions and their families and is Colin and Davis’ chosen charity. If you would like to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/canoe-around-britain