Paddling Across England Via Putney

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Former transatlantic sailor, adventurer and broadcaster Hannah White calls for the support of the public as she embarks on a 205 mile solo Kayak from Portishead to Gravesend in aid of the RNLI with no food or accommodation.

Hannah is expected to stop on Putney Embankment around 4pm on Wednesday 24th September, where she will take a break enjoying a little party hosted by putney chiropractic and grind coffee bar!! 

Normally seen sailing the seven seas, climbing a mountain or covering some of the world’s greatest sporting events, Hannah White, is taking on a new challenge on the 20th September where she will paddle in a single Kayak from Portishead to Gravesend covering 205 miles and over 150 Portages. Hannah aims to complete the paddle in 6 days and hopes to raise awareness and vital funds for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a charity that has provided Hannah with support throughout her sailing career.

The RNLI is the largest non government supported charity that saves lives at sea using lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and inland flood rescue and saved a staggering 30,347 people last year. The RNLI relies on volunteers to provide its lifesaving service with only 1 in 10 lifeboat crew members having professional maritime experience. 95% of RNLI people are volunteers and everything their volunteers and staff do is in the spirit of being selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous. The fortitude of these volunteers makes the charity so special and is something Hannah wants to highlight by asking the general public to get behind her to help the RNLI.

Hannah will be travelling light and will embark on her challenge with a Kayak, sleeping bag and drinking water and will rely on the general public to provide her with food along the way. With no food or planned accommodation Hannah will put her faith in the nation and hope that people come down to various cities across the country to feed her, offer her a place to stay and to provide her with moral support!

Since announcing the challenge Hannah has had an incredible amount of support from the offer of fish and chips along the way to a stay in Army Barracks over night. Hannah has been overwhelmed by the kindness of the public and hopes that her challenge not only raises vital funds for The RNLI but also highlights the generosity and good will of the Great British Public.

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September 19, 2014