Last update before Christmas

Hello everyone. This is just a quick update and last update until the new year.

Today has being a day of two halves, i have finally been signed off from the crisis team. they are very happy with my progress and I start my long term therapy on the 27th December.

I feel very lucky where I live as I have to say the care and treatment I have received from the crisis team and my own GP has being spot on. I know this is not the case everywhere hopefully we can change that.

This afternoon i saw through FB that another Paramedic has taken his life. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

The above news just drives me on to raise awareness for PTSD, I know I am only one person, but if we can help at least one person reach out and ask for help then we have achieved what I set out to achieve.

Christmas can be very difficult time for people with PTSD as they see everyone enjoying themselves and the pressure on them to try and fit in can be too much. Please watch for people close to you, who may struggle at this time of year.

Going forward I have to say the training is going really well, better than expected to be honest. Next big job is to plan each leg in detail. tide times, tide direction at different states of the tide. bearings to waypoints within each leg. So I still have a lot of work to do.

So that’s it for 2016 from me. I have to admit I will be glad when it’s over. It looks like 2017 is going to start well with a new chapter in my life.

So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

BUT PLEASE BARE A THOUGHT FOR THE PEOPLE STILL SUFFERING IN SILENCE.

 

Update

Hello Everyone.

Sorry for the late update. I have been working hard on other aspects of the challenge.

So to update so far. I now finalised two routes to take me around mainland Britain. This was no easy task and took me well over a week. the next stage of the route planning is to break each leg down into smaller stretches. These stretches will be made up of compass bearings to prominent land marks along the coast like headlands, lighthouses and such like. the reason for this is to make sure I stay on the correct bearings for the entire leg. so they will be like check markers for my progress between each leg.

The challenge team is also coming together well.

Simon Everette. Team Manager.

Sue Grundy.         PR/ Sponsorship

Will Cole              Weather and Tides.

Tracy Price           PA

I am still looking for a number of people to fill a couple of slots. Im looking for someone who can oversee the on the ground fundraising. A logistics manager. this person will try to arrange camp sites, food replenishments and such like.

The fitness training is on track and going well thanks to Andy Silvey at ANDALI FITNESS  who has wrote me a personal training and nutrition plan.

The kayak that has been loaned to me from KayakUK has been shipped from South Africa and should be with me this month. the kayak they have loaned me for the challenge is a Kaskazi Pelican. This is the expedition version of their very popular fishing Kayak the Kaskazi Marlin. once again a huge thanks to these guys for having the faith in me to complete the challenge.

The Virgin just giving page is up and running and i have already received some sponsorship.http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KayakChallenge

The YouTube channel is up and running and already contains two videos.Kayak around Britain challenge 2017

FaceBook page is also in place and this where I normally post my updates first.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1356982807675821/

So as you can all see things are moving along nicely.

I can imagine the next update will now be after the Christmas period.

So im going to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.