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Grannies in gruelling canoe challenge

Two grandmothers are planning to paddle from Nuneaton to Northampton in a canoe to raise money and awareness of an incurable disease that took the life of one of their daughters.

Lorraine Robinson and Julia Plummer are taking up the 60-mile challenge, which has 35 locks and two tunnels, to highlight Gitelman Syndrome. The disease was responsible for the death of Alyson Plummer, Julia’s daughter, after she had been initially advised that the condition was not life-threatening.

Julia explained:

“Doctors who had been dealing with her, along with the vast majority of the medical personnel, knew nothing about Gitelman Syndrome… We need to increase knowledge and training to enable the disease to be correctly and quickly diagnosed and for sufferers to receive better support and medication.”

It was while on holiday that Julia had the idea for the canoe challenge, explaining:

“I suddenly thought about doing a sponsored canoe trip along the canal from Alyson’s home town [of Nuneaton] to Northampton, where she had gone to live and work.”

The pair has been training for the last few months, taking advantage of canoe hire and trips to get started. They have also had professional help from former GB Olympic canoeist Bryant Stage.

The two will head off on the route in a Canadian-style canoe that they bought online.

Setting off on the 22nd September, they plan to arrive in time for the Alyson Plummer Memorial Award. An annual ceremony introduced to raise awareness of Gitelman Syndrome, it is held on the nearest available Friday to Alyson’s birthday each year, which this year is September 29th.