I’m pleased to say it doesn’t end there though. As soon as Steve and I returned from the Falklands expedition we began preparing to support teams racing for the Cockleshell Endeavour in the 2017 Devizes to Westminster race. Eventually we had three teams taking part with the added bonus of Steve stepping in at the last moment to replace an injured crew member.
The idea was to demonstrate that training for and competing in the D.W. was an ideal tool for recovering veterans working with serving or former service personnel. All teams were either former or serving personnel along with recovering Veterans. Basically, expanding on what Steve and I had done throughout the Cockleshell Endeavour project. Despite a disappointing ‘time cut off’ disqualification enforced by the organisers on one team (Steve Grenham and Andrew ‘Troll’ Trollope) the other two teams finished in fantastic form and the event proved to be an enormous success. In no small part due to the sterling effort of the volunteer support teams and of course the paddlers themselves.
I’m pleased to say as a result of that, and after the series of events Steve and I have completed over the duration of the project, the Cockleshell Endeavour legacy will be carrying on in the future helping other members of the service family overcome any problems or issues they may be dealing with.
We would be interested to hear from anyone in the service community former or serving who’d like to take part in an event, paddling a folding tandem kayak, starting with next year’s Devizes to Westminster; anyone wishing to support our teams or any of the events please get in touch. We will be raising funding principally, but not necessarily exclusively, for the Royal Marines Charity, as there are lots worthy causes that make a real difference to the lives of so many. We’ll be actively looking for sponsors to support our teams during the races and expeditions they take part in.
We’re hoping to build on the concept Steve and I created where teams get together for training and participation in events and using that experience to help deal with any issues, mental or physical that they may be coping with.
Thanks to everyone who’s helped get the project to this stage we would not have been able to achieve what we have without that support. We look forward to building on those achievements in the future and helping many more recovering veterans. So if you know of a suitable paddling event that you’d like to do, we’ll provide the boats and equipment, you just need to provide the grit and determination to smash it……..