A BOROUGH couple who set off to raise £2,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Association by paddling 50 miles up the River Avon to mark their Golden Wedding anniversary have brought in over £3,700.
Retired chartered surveyor and estate agent Paul Rocky and his wife Mal last year paddled their 14ft Canadian canoe - christened ‘Gold 50’, upriver from Tewkesbury to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Despite atrocious weather and floods which forced them to suspend their venture for a short time, they arrived wet but triumphant in Stratford.
The sponsorship money has now all been collected, smashing their target by raising £3,736.93 for the national lifeboat charity.
“Throughout the challenge we had a superb team of helpers, so a tremendous thank you to them, and to our sponsors - it has made the 50 miles ‘uphill’ memorable and worthwhile,” said Paul.
Clive Buckley, chairman of the RNLI’s Solihull branch, said: “This is a tremendous achievement by Paul and Mal, who overcame dreadful weather conditions to complete the task they set themselves and we are extremely grateful to them – and their sponsors – for their wonderful support for the RNLI.”
This isn’t the first time that Paul has undertaken a waterborne challenge for the charity. In 2000 a similar – but solo – event raised £5,425.26.