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Wirral Kayak Challenge boosts local charities

By Paul Johnston at

Thousands of pounds has been raised for charity thanks to this year’s Wirral Kayak Challenge.

The event, now in its seventh year, took place in July, with 88 participants paddling 14 miles from New Brighton to Thurstaston.

West Kirby and Hoylake RNLI and Claire House Children’s Hospice have now received proceeds of £3,920 each.

The Wirral Kayak Challenge

Organiser Mike Dudley told us: “Now our event is gathering pace year on year the word is getting around and we have more participants every year.

“We did have 130 signed up for this year but we had to cancel our event on Sunday 30 June because of high winds and reschedule it for a few weeks later.”

He praised local businesses for supporting the event with fundraising nights, adding: “All in all we have a great network of local people and businesses who help us out each year.”

Wirral Kayak Challenge

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd added: “The Wirral Kayak Challenge is a fantastic fundraising event that supports great local causes and encourages people to come together and enjoy our local coastline safely.
“We would like to thank the organisers and all of the kayakers who took part in the event for raising an incredible £3,500 for the RNLI. Their amazing efforts will help us to continue saving lives at sea.”