Birdham man and his dingy raise funds for charity

Digby Armstrong of Birdham completes his 11-hour kayaking challenge at the Isle of Wight for St Catherine's Hospice
Digby Armstrong of Birdham completes his 11-hour kayaking challenge at the Isle of Wight for St Catherine's Hospice

A BIRDHAM man single-handedly paddled 60 miles to raise funds for charity.

Digby Armstrong’s 11-hour kayaking challenge around the Isle of Wight was for the Round the Clock campaign.

To date his efforts have raised nearly £3,000 via the Rawlinson Butler Charitable Foundation.

Starting at Yarmouth, with the last of the ebbing tide, Mr Digby reached the Needles in time for the turn of the tide.

He then had six hours to reach Foreland at the eastern end of the island before the tide turned again to help him along back to Yarmouth.

Mr Digby was accompanied by a support boat, manned by his family, in case of trouble and for taking on much needed calories.

He said: “It was an amazing experience and my support crew were invaluable.

“The sea worsened dramatically just after I had finished, so I am definitely glad I kept the pace up.”