Pirates of the Canal

Mother and daughter team Addi and Athina are encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle and be adventurous by kayaking the historic Liverpool-Leeds canal in an inflatable kayak fetchingly named 'Boaty McBoatface' navigating their way through over 100 locks on the way. To raise money for the Appeal.

Addi and her 8 year old daughter Athina are taking on a 130 mile kayak over 6 days. Starting at Albert Docks in Liverpool on Monday 8th August the duo who has dubbed themselves Pirates of the Canal will camp along their way and aim to complete the challenge on 13th August at Leeds Royal Armouries. Winners of the Sean Conway Adventure Scholarship for 2016, Addi and Athina planned the challenge in order to combine their passions for sports, history and nature and are encouraging people to come out and support them along the route.

Getting ready

No stranger to a challenge Addi has already completed, The Love Swim Run in Snowdonia, The Leeds Half marathon (dressed as a rubber duck) and swam 5KM while pulling Athina along in a Kayak, this year alone and she won't stop with the Pirates of The Canal adventure, as she plans to take part in The Iron Man Wales and a 10KM open water swim later in the year.

Holli Kellett, Jane Tomlinson Appeal Event Manager said of the challenge: "The Pirates of the Canal Adventure is such a great challenge and we are extremely grateful that Addi and Athina have chosen to support the Appeal."

"The money raised from this challenge and all the events that Addi and Athina are taking on this year will help us to provide vital funds to childrens and cancer organisations and make a huge difference to peoples lives. There is no stopping these two and it would be great to see the public get behind them and support them along the way"

As well as their fundraising efforts a large motivator for this challenge was Addis passion for raising awareness about the benefits of an active lifestyle and being a positive example for Athina, who suffered with Asthma and respiratory problems when she was younger. 

Since then Addi has committed to showing her daughter the importance of an active lifestyle, which lead to them committing to this year of challenges, and with their Canal adventure they want to show people just how easy and fun it can be to embark on active experiences as a family.

Addi said about their efforts: "We love our challenges and hope to create a world where more children can be introduced to the benefits of sport but we also wish for our efforts to have the greatest possible impact by raising funds for the Jane Tomlinson appeal."

She continued about the Canal Kayak challenge; "This adventure combines some of the things we love best: sports, nature, history and living more adventurously. ​"

"We aim to kayak almost a marathon a day for 6 consecutive days, with at least 10 hours of kayaking a day. We will stop at many iconic historic sites on route such as: The International Slavery Museum, Saltaire Mills and the Royal Armouries and will be joined by our favorite teddy; Bobby Bear."

"We can certainly use some company as we go. If you're a cyclist, runner, nature lover, kayakist, dog walker etc then please come say hello as we Kayak along the canal."

Addi and Athina are aiming to raise £7,000 through their adventures and they are encouraging everyone to get behind their challenge by coming along and supporting them throughout the 6 day kayak and donating to their cause.

Test drive

The route of the Pirates of the Canal Adventure is:

Day 1 (8.8.16) : Liverpool-Scarisbrick

Day 2 (9.8.16) : Scarisbrick-Adlington

Day 3 (10.8.16): Adlington-Church

Day 4 (11.8.16) : Church-Greenberfield

Day 5 (12.8.16) : Greenberfield-Riddlesden

Day 6 (13.8.16) : Riddlesden-Leeds

You can make a donation and show your support to Addi and Athina here http://www.justgiving.com/addiandathina