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Unique trip for amputee kayaker

Royal Navy amputee Richard Hunt, Bruce Robertson, Rana Denholm  and Emma Dorey fundraising at the Whistlers fish shop.   Picture by Louise Adams C140149-1 Chi Kayak

Royal Navy amputee Richard Hunt, Bruce Robertson, Rana Denholm and Emma Dorey fundraising at the Whistlers fish shop. Picture by Louise Adams C140149-1 Chi Kayak

A ROYAL Navy veteran and amputee is taking on a challenge to kayak round the UK coastline – with a little fundraising help from the local chippy.

Richard Hunt is raising money for BLESMA, a charity which helps limbless ex-servicemen and women.

He has paired up with Whistlers fish and chip shops in Westbourne and Hayling Island to raise awareness.

Rana Denholme, owner of Whistlers fish and chips, said they raised £660 for the charity.

“It was brilliant,” she said. “People just really support Richard.

“They were giving suggestions about how we could get some 
more donations. We 
got a really good response.

“Richard was talking to customers and children. He has such a good way with them.

“He was cracking jokes about his leg and showing them how it worked. He really made them laugh.”

The route has never been undertaken in a kayak before. Richard, who is also attempting to break Helen Skelton’s solo kayaking record which stands at 2,010 miles, will be using 
a sit-on-top kayak for the challenge.

Richard said he hoped to set off in April. He has given himself just over a year to get ready for the event – and is practising five days a week.

He said he wanted to show others that ‘having a disability can be a new beginning’.

 

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