DOUBLE ENGLISH CHANEL CROSSING KITEBOARDING FOR AN EXTREMELY WORTHY CAUSE

This autumn two daring city slickers and a company director will attempt to break a world record by becoming the first to complete a double English Channel crossing kiteboarding . In doing so the team aims to raise money (£45,000) for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC).| Extreme Sport for an Extremely Worthy Cause THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE AND WHY An extremely worthy cause – Great Ormond Street Hospital A personal story – In memory of baby Oliver An exciting sport – Kiteboard A great challenge – World Record Attempt This autumn two daring city slickers and a company director will attempt to break a world record by becoming the first to complete a double English Channel crossing Kiteboarding. In doing so the team aims to raise money (£45,000) for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC). The event will take place in late September or early October, weather permitting This will be a very personal challenge for Andrew John, who will team up with fellow kite surfers Rob Campbell and Chris Bull, as his son, Oliver, passed away at GOSH only a few months ago from a brain tumour. Andrew, who has been kite surfing for just over four years, has been training hard for this trip on top of his huge work commitments, putting in a massive three hours a day to get fit. The return crossing, through the busiest shipping lane in the world where some vessels travel at 30mph, is some 60 miles there and back. While Andrew can travel at 30 mph on his kite, the challenges of swell, tides, ships, changing wind conditions and allowing the support boats to catch up are expected to the lead to five to six hours for the round trip. Andrew said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead. To put my body through its paces and raise money for something so close to my heart will be a great way to remember Oliver. The fantastic work that is done at GOSH, the nurses and doctors are really angels, could not be achieved without public fundraising support and I hope that I can do my bit in return for their support and hard work and for the other sick children at GOSH.”

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