Year 10 student Bradley Porch is kayaking across the English Channel to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. Bradley first took up the sport about six years ago and he regularly kayaks with his uncle who is undertaking the challenge with him.
The duo are hoping to make the crossing from Dungeness to Boulogne in around six hours and a safety boat will be accompanying them to look out for hazards in the busy shipping lane. It will be the first time that the pair will have made a sea crossing.
He said: ‘My uncle is an expert and he taught me how to kayak. I spend most of my time on white water like rivers in Wales or on man-made courses. I am not used to the sea. The crossing is about 27 nautical miles and we are aiming to do it in six hours.’
The duo, who are aiming to raise £2,000, have received sponsorship from the Cambridge Weight Plan organisation that will enable them to hire a safety boat. They will have a one- week window from 28th July to 3rd August to make the crossing. The actual departure date will be dependent on the weather and tidal conditions.
Bradley said: ‘We have been training for this event since March. I train twice a week on white water and another twice a week for the Channel crossing. We have started doing long distance kayaking as well as exercises that build stamina. I have kayaked before for long periods of time but it was on a white water river. On white water you are not really paddling unless you change your course to avoid hazards or if you enter a more technical rapid but on the sea we will be constantly paddling.’