95 kilometre circuit. 15 hours of paddling. Helping youngsters to look beyond their cancer.
At 5.30am this Saturday 27th July, whilst the birds are in full dawn chorus most of us will still be sound asleep. But that won’t be the case for one intrepid Isle of Wight resident and his support crew. Weather permitting, Tim Wiggins will be setting off from Bembridge on his attempt to kayak non-stop around the Isle of Wight.
Tim has a love for challenging expeditions and made the decision last winter to rekindle his old passion for sea-kayaking. He set his sights high with the ultimate South Coast challenge, kayaking around the Isle of Wight. Growing up on the Island, he has a love of the sea and is well aware of the rejuvenating qualities it possesses. It was a natural choice to select Isle of Wight Charity The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust as his fundraising beneficiary.
The EMC Trust works with young cancer survivors aged between 8 to 24, from across the UK. They take the young people on four-day sailing trips; to embrace the freedom and escape offered by the open waves, and to give them the chance to meet others who understand what they have been through.
I regularly see their magnificent work, with groups of youngsters heading out on the sky-blue yacht from the marina; sometimes with nervous expressions on the outbound departure, but always with smiling faces when they return.
So where do Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors come into this adventure?
We are one of his main sponsors (along with Spinlock and OXWASH) and will be out there on the water to support him. And if the name Wiggins rings a bell, that’s because Tim is the son of our Partner-in-Charge of the Isle of Wight office, David Wiggins. David will be playing a critical role on the day, sailing alongside Tim in a support yacht and no doubt throwing the odd bit of food and drink his way as well as offering moral support.
Chris Daniells and Richard Huffer will also join the expedition later in the day on their RIBs (with their signed-by Ellen burgee flags) along with the DHCS drone so we are hoping to get some great footage of the day. Keep following social media for updates (more below).
As well as fundraising, Tim will be sampling the sea using a collection filter on the trip to see the level of pollution on behalf of sponsor OXWASH.
Tim’s yellow kayak will be brandishing DHCS stickers so if you are out on the water this Saturday, look out for him.
If you would like to support Tim by raising funds for this amazing charity, please visit his Just Giving page here.