Tue 11 Jul 2017
Many of you are used to seeing Charlie in a tank, on a train or on the river while filming Sowerbys videos. Charlie also spends quite a lot of his spare time doing daredevil things, usually for fun, but often to raise money for worthy causes. His last crazy venture was to complete the Cullin Ridge on the Isle of Skye back in April, which he did in appalling conditions. Of course most people would leave it at that and be happy with the money raised and go about regular life content in the knowledge they had ‘done their bit’…..not Charlie!
Charlie’s next venture really is quite something. He and his friend Lewis Gray who is a crew member of the RNLI lifeboat based at Sheringham are attempting to cross all 25 miles of the English Channel standing on Paddleboards to raise money for the local RNLI at Sheringham.
Charlie said ‘Living on the north Norfolk coast and making the most of it all year round, really is one of life’s privileges. We owe a lot to the RNLI volunteers who help keep everyone safe. Lewis works on the life boat and has been called out to life saving missions. The aim is that this latest challenge will help raise a huge amount of money which will directly help secure the future of the Sheringham lifeboat service, which wouldn’t survive without the generosity of the public.’
Charlie and Lewis will begin their journey on September 11th and will attempt to cross the channel from Dungeness in Kent, hoping to reach Boulogne in France some 8-10 hours later. The journey is fraught with potential dangers – not only are they travelling in the busiest shipping lane in the world, but Charlie and Lewis will have to contend with strong tides that could push them off course, not content with that, they will be the first pair to attempt this on pioneering inflatable boards generously supplied by The Norfolk Paddle Co. and will do the trip entirely unsupported. This means they can have no help on the boards and must carry enough food and liquid to last the entire crossing.
Max Sowerby said ‘At Sowerbys are passionate about Norfolk and its coastline and we really are delighted to be the main sponsors in support of this epic challenge. We wish Charlie and Lewis a safe journey and look forward to helping them raise as much money as possible.’
Follow the training, the trip and everything else Charlie and Lewis get up to by following them at facebook.com/paddlethechannel2017 and help motivate them by donating via justgiving.com/paddlethechannel2017
"With many thanks for your determination and hard work! We'd never have got there without you!"