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Canoe The Thames

Saturday 8th August - Sunday 16th August 2009

Canoe the Thames is a chance for you to raise money for charity as you canoe the entire length of the navigable non-tidal Thames from Cricklade in the beautiful Cotswolds down to Teddington Lock in West London. The trip will take you through almost 132 miles of beautiful English countryside over 8 days in summer.


Canoeing the Brecon Canal in S Wales

There will be days in the sun, nights under the stars, picnics on the bank of the Thames, barbecues around the campfire, sightseeing to riverside attractions and many a relaxing hour spent sampling the local hostelries.

Canoe The Thames will arrange the route (erm... downstream), camping, friendly pubs, food and a support boat to carry food, tents and personal effects. It is owned by captain Brian Simpson (Author of a highly acclaimed book on Cannibalism) but sadly he's unable to skipper it this year, instead we have some seaworthy skippers taking the helm.

There will be a registration fee to cover food, camping, and the support boat and you will be encouraged to raise at least £500 in sponsorship for the charity of your choice.

This event is open to everyone and to keep it really simple you don't need your own canoe. Included in your registration pack will be a handmade flat-pack origami canoe . Sounds daft, but rest assured these beauties have already been on a trip down the River Usk in Wales, through the backwater lakes of southern India and even out into the Arabian Sea. Yours will be brand spanking new and yours to take home at the end of the trip. They pack up into an easy-to-carry box and will fit in the boot of your car.

Entry for this year's Canoe The Thames has now closed but too find out how you might be able to participate another year click here .

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 September 2010 13:26

Here is a list of the charities Canoe The Thames is currently supporting. If you wish to participate in the event you are welcome to support the charity of your choice and we'll add it to the list below:

Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut tree house logo

Caring for a sick child can raise all sorts of practical, physical and emotional issues, which affect not only the child, but their loved ones too.

Chestnut Tree House aims to help tackle these issues, offering expert advice and support along the way for life-limited children and their families.

For more info visit

Autuism Concern

Autism Concern is a charity which provides support and options to people affected by all forms of autism in gaining independence and control of their lives.


oxfam logo

Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. Doing amazing work. Together. People power drives everything we do. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts. That’s Oxfam in action.


Macmillan Cancer Care

We exist to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer, both those living with cancer and also their families and carers. Our primary focus for 2010 is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.


International childcare trust

The ICT provide support for child development projects across the world, combining the delivery of practical assistance with capacity building and advocacy initiatives.

for more info go to

Children With Leukemia

CWL are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting Britain’s biggest childhood cancer.

For more than 20 years, they have been helping children affected by leukaemia. They fund research into causes and treatments, support families through welfare programmes and campaign on their behalf.

For more info go to


Amnesty International

 Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

For more information visit their website at





Mind is one of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales. They work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:

  • advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems
  • challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion
  • influencing policy through campaigning and education
  • inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity
  • achieving equal rights through campaigning and education.

To find ot more visit their website at


The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. For more information visit their website at



St Luke's Hospice

St Luke's Hospice is an independent charity serving the multi-cultural/ethnic community of Harrow and Northern Brent. Unique in the area, they provide all their services free of charge to all and rely heavily on voluntary contributions from the community to ensure they remain open.

to find out more visit:


Brain and Spine Foundation

The Brain and Spine Foundation was founded in 1992 to help the 10 million people affected by brain and spine conditions in the UK.

To find out more visit:


Martlets Hospice

martlets hospice logoThe Martlets Hospice offers expert and compassionate palliative care. Their stated aim is to enhance the quality of life and ease the distress of patients suffering from cancer and other serious conditions and for whom curative treatment is no longer appropriate.

For more info visit:


ISA Children's Home

 This is a small orphanage set up in 2002 in order to  give a home to orphaned street children abandoned in the streets of towns and cities of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.

To read more yourself click here and then scroll down to the article entitled 'Social Migration 2006' The page has been automatically translated from German so is a bit odd but you'll get the Idea.



Cancer Research UK

 Cancer Research UK is the UK's leading charity dedicated to cancer research.To find our more visit their website at





WellChild is the UK charity dedicated to the needs of sick children and families. Their vision is for every child to have the best possible health.

Through Care, Support and Research, they provide children and families with practical solutions to real life problems, whatever the sickness.

To find out more visit their website at


Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Leading the fight to end Duchenne.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures.

For more info visit


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