Source to Sea

We’re very fortunate to be supported by Thames enthusiast Helen Charlton this summer, as she embarks on a Source to Sea challenge.


A gruelling 185 miles/298 km awaits Helen which she plans to complete on foot, paddleboard, Kayak and Row, finishing her journey at AHOY.


Helen has set herself the target is to raise £15,000, which will fund an apprentice at AHOY, providing an NVQ L2 Certificate in Activity leadership/outdoor activity leadership, and giving one young person a chance in life that they would otherwise not have had.


Helen says:


‘I live near the Thames in Putney and my work involves the river. AHOY uses so well the challenge and enjoyment of being out on our mighty Thames and I’ve seen in my children how this helps build personal resilience, self-esteem and valuable life skills.


I want to give other young people – as AHOY apprentices -opportunities to develop their skills towards employment and improved life chances. ‘


It’s with support from people like Helen that we can continue to provide further opportunities to those in need and make such a positive impact on the youth of today. Thank You


1/3 of the journey complete for Helen:

“I’ve walked and paddled 99km/61.5 miles: 1/3 of my journey done. Some difficult bits: long hot trudges over fields; horsefly attacks while paddleboarding. But the Upper Thames was beautiful. When I flagged I simply remembered AHOY and why I’m doing this-then it was easy. Now I’m planning the next stage(s).”


Follow Helen’s progress by following her on Twitter: @followthethames

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