Gordon Bullock to kayak 135 miles of River Thames for Men Have Rights Too

Gordon Bullock is to kayak 135 miles of River Thames for charity

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The owner of a boating lake will set out on a 135-mile kayak trip along the river Thames on Monday for charity.

Gordon Bullock, owner of Redbridge Lakes Nature Conservation Centre, in Roding Lane North, Woodford Green will set off on June 16 and aims to finish by June 27.

Inspired by his custody battle for his three children during a divorce 20 years ago, he is hoping to raise £5,000 for charity Men Have Rights Too, which provides support for men suffering from domestic abuse and custody issues.

He said: “I had trouble getting access to my children when I went through my divorce and there is not a lot of legal aid for men which is grossly unfair.

“I sympathise with men who suffer domestic abuse, and I want to make it better known to the public.”

The 61-year-old will paddle around 10 miles each day and he aims to catch a fish in each of the 45 reaches of the Thames.

Camping each night and starting from Cricklade in Wiltshire, Mr Bullock will finish his expedition in Teddington in Richmond.

He said: “I was inspired by the Thames, I have always loved the river and it would be an amazing thing to do to kayak the length of it.

“It is quite a challenge both physically and mentally but it will be great fun.

“I know I am physically capable as I have been paddling 13 miles a day for the last few weeks on the lake here.”

Donate to Gordon’s cause here: http://www.justgiving.com/Gordon-Bullock

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2:15pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

“I know I am physically capable as I have been paddling 13 miles a day for the last few weeks on the lake here.”


Let's hope he does not have to be rescued at vast amounts of expense for the charitable rescue services thereby defeating his object, like people who set off at sea on a pallet with and old sheet as a mast. These escapades risk innocent lives and surely there must be a more sensible way of raising money for chareddy like a sponsored swim in a public baths?.
“I know I am physically capable as I have been paddling 13 miles a day for the last few weeks on the lake here.” Let's hope he does not have to be rescued at vast amounts of expense for the charitable rescue services thereby defeating his object, like people who set off at sea on a pallet with and old sheet as a mast. These escapades risk innocent lives and surely there must be a more sensible way of raising money for chareddy like a sponsored swim in a public baths?. Villagecranberry
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9:07pm Tue 10 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

You're a cabbie aren't you? You must be. Its the only way you could get first post on all the articles and spout piles of cack with such immense skill.
You're a cabbie aren't you? You must be. Its the only way you could get first post on all the articles and spout piles of cack with such immense skill. stickmanny
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9:08am Wed 11 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

Good job they're not darleks, eh cornbeefur! - it's hard to paddle a canoe with a sink plunger!
Good job they're not darleks, eh cornbeefur! - it's hard to paddle a canoe with a sink plunger! T. Watts
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