Paddleboard adventure raises thousands for cancer charity

An assistant director at Folkestone & Hythe District Council has raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity by paddle-boarding 23 miles along the Royal Military Canal.


Andy Blaszkowicz, assistant director for Environment and Corporate Assets, undertook the challenge on Tuesday, 25 June and paddled from Rye in Sussex to Seabrook in Hythe.

He was inspired to raise money after losing his mum to cancer, and after his friend and colleague at the council was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Councillor David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said it was an impressive achievement.

Everyone has lost friends and family to cancer, and with a colleague undergoing treatment at the moment it is particularly close to home.
Andy was motivated to act and set a great example to us all and it's no wonder he received so much support from across the council.
Our staff and councillors do some amazing work to support charities, both locally and nationally, and I'm always in awe of their creativity and determination to raise money for good causes. Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Andy was joined by members of his colleague's family for the last leg of his paddleboard adventure and another colleague cycled alongside him to provide encouragement.

He was welcomed back to dry land by other colleagues and friends - and the news that he had reached his £3,000 target for Cancer Research UK. The trip took six hours, and the furthest Andy had previously paddled was four miles.

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Published on 26 June 2019