The Cockleshell Endeavour team is enthusiastic about supporting PTSD sufferers at a grass roots level too. One half of the team, Steve Grenham, has found that training and participating in kayaking events has improved the symptoms of his PTSD, and it is for that reasons that the Cockleshell Endeavour has evolved and the project will now be supporting other recovering service personnel and veterans though a number of kayaking projects.
One of these projects is the Devizes to Westminster Race, where the Cockleshell Endeavour project will be supporting a number of teams through their entry, training and on the day. One half of which must be a serving military personnel or veteran who is recovering from serious injury or physical or mental health issues, including PTSD.
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 DW; 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.
About the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The race has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948. It’s a gruelling challenge which will see the teams kayak 125 miles, with 77 portages. It is expected to take them over 30 hours to complete, finishing in Westminster on Easter Sunday Evening. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.
The Devizes to Westminster is described by the organisers as a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning which produces a memorable sense of achievement for those successfully completing it.