Disabled rower to take on 50-mile canoe challenge

Disabled rower to take on 50-mile canoe challenge

by Danielle Thompson (July 2022)

A DISABLED man from Westhead is taking on a tough charity challenge to help Children In Need.

Charlie Holland has cerebral palsy but that has never stopped him from helping others.

The 58-year-old will canoe 50 miles down the Lancashire Canal from Stainton near Kendal through Lancaster and Garstang to just north of Preston.

He  has significant mobility problems, walks with a frame and receives treatment from the Burscough Neuro Physiotherapy team who are helping him prepare physically and mentally for his big challenge.

Charlie said: “I may be disabled with cerebral palsy and mobility issues but that will not stop me. I’ve faced many challenges in my life but now my challenge is to ask people to support me.

“All donations will be going to the BBC’s Children In Need appeal and together we can make a difference. Children and young people are in need in many ways and we can all help. Every penny counts.”

This isn’t the first major charity challenge Charlie has done.

In 2000, he climbed the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, to raise money for his local school, Westhead Lathom St James’ CE Primary School.

Burscough Neuro Physiotherapy clinical director Jack Moulton said: “Charlie is a remarkable person and a real inspiration to us all here at the practice. We have been working with Charlie for the past three years to help improve and maintain his current level of mobility and independence.”

The challenge starts on Saturday, August 20 and is expected to take five days.

Charlie is being supported by West Lancashire Explorer Scouts and SPLASHU, a team of scouts who specialise in water experiences.

Charlie will have at least one other canoe in the water with him at all times to ensure he is safe, along with two land teams. Explorer Scouts will walk the canal path, collecting support as they go. There will also be a team getting supplies and setting up rest stops. Charlie will be staying at scout huts along the way.

To donate to Charlie’s Challenge go to https://charlies-challenge.co.uk

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