Canoeing quartet raise more than £5,000 in memory of Bleach Boys singer

Four amateur canoeists have paddled all the way from Ickleford in North Hertfordshire to the Wash on the Norfolk coast, and have raised more than £5,000 in memory of their friend who sadly passed away from leukaemia.



Neil Norman, Phil Parker, Frank Gollogly and Adrian Le Roux completed their journey over five days in memory of their friend Simon Kelly, who was the original lead singer of the punk band the Bleach Boys.

Not only did they complete their journey and raise the money for charity, they smashed their initial target of £1,000, raising more than five times that!

The charity who will benefit is Bloodwise, who help to fund research into blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukaemia. The final total they received was £5,125.33, which is an incredible achievement.

Speaking of their trip, Frank Gollogly said:

“The whole trip was very arduous, but also a really satisfying achievement for four non-experienced canoeists. The upper reaches on the River Hiz and River Ivel were quite challenging, with sections almost completely overgrown, while the lower sections on the Great Ouse provided some beautiful scenery and close encounters with the wildlife.

“We would recommend this trip to anyone who is up for a challenge. It has been a truly great adventure, made even more worthwhile by doing it for such an important cause.”

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