A pair of canoeing novices are hoping to raise hundreds for St Andrew’s Hospital by rowing from Nuneaton to Northampton in aid of a cause close to their hearts.
Julia Plummer and Lorraine Robinson had never set foot in a boat until a few months ago - but soon they are set to make a 60-mile journey along the canal network to raise funds for the Alyson Plummer Memorial Award at St Andrew’s’ brain injury rehabilitation unit.
The pair are to begin the ‘Crazy Canoe Challenge’ at the Boot Wharf canal stretch in the Coton area of Nuneaton at 6pm on Monday, September 22 and arrive in Northampton the following Friday lunchtime.
For mum Julia Plummer, the challenge aims to raise awareness for Gitelman Syndrome, an incurable disease her daughter Alyson Plummer died from in 2005, and now the family are hoping that with more publicity and fund-raising, research can be done into the disease in order to find a cure.
Alyson’s dad Kevin Plummer said: “It’s going to be a real challenge for them - Julie couldn’t even swim until a few weeks ago.”
The Alyson Plummer Award was set up by her family in 2007. The 28-year-old worked as an occupational therapist at St Andrew’s and the yearly award acknowledges a member of staff in the neuro-psycology department who has gone the extra mile for their patients.
The Julia and Lorraine have been training for the event for months with the help of canoe instructor Bryant Stage, who was part of the British canoe team in the 1970s and was picked for the Olympic squad.
The team will also be supported by their husbands Kevin Plummer and Phil Robinson will be following the canoe along the towpath on bikes.
To find out more and for information about donating to the cause head to the Crazy Canoe Challenge Facebook page www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/crazycanoe/?fref=ts