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Brummie granddad takes to the water for kids’ hospital

A man from Birmingham is training to complete a three-day charity challenge in a kayak in memory of his baby grandson.

Michael Allcock of Cofton Hackett, which is about 10 miles away from the nation’s second city, completed a preparatory feat inside Urban Fitness Bournville College using a canoeing simulator.

He was raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital from March 30th to Wednesday April 1st. However, this challenge was only part of a warm up for a major event in July next year, where Allcock will attempt to cross the Irish Sea.

This will see him row from Fishguard in Pembrokeshire to Rosslare in County Wexford, along with a return journey, which should see Allcock cover around 104 nautical miles in a kayak. However, if there is bad weather, it may not be as relaxing as kayaking near Chester.

As the CEO of charity Kayak for Kids, Allcock is raising cash for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, West Midlands Air Ambulance, Ronald McDonald Housing Charity, and Help for Heroes.

He was inspired by his grandson, who died at just three months old with heart complications, with Allcock stating:

“I promised I would do this in his memory.”

The grandfather is not going to stop any time soon either, with another major challenge scheduled already. This will see Allcock kayak the length of Loch Ness, five times in a row, one after the other.

There will more on the horizon too, with the five members of Kayak for Kids setting themselves a collective target to raise half a million pounds in cash by 2020.