This summer Richard Lineham and Gethin Thomas will sea kayak 350 miles around the province of Ulster in Ireland. The circumnavigation of Ulster will involve paddling the coast of Northern Ireland, Donegal and crossing Ireland from Dundalk to Ballyshannon using rivers and loughs.
In May 2009 Richard's wife (Alex) was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she started on a course of Chemotherapy that would last nearly 18 months to slow down the spread of the cancer. During this time Alex made a conscious decision to keep living life to the full and even 3 days before her death was still organising a party. Over her last 18 months Alex managed to raise over £9,000 pounds for charity. Alex lost her battle with cancer on the 10th September 2010.
Whilst Alex was sick Macmillan were absolute stars helping Alex come to terms with her diagnosis and making sure that she had all the help and support that she needed. After Alex passed away Macmillan were still there and helped Rich to get back on his feet. The team are aiming to raise £3500 for Macmillan cancer support so that other people can receive the same help as Rich and Alex. Macmillan provides information services, cancelling, complementary therapies, nurses and endless cups of tea.
To find out more about the circumnavigation visit www.ulstercircumnavigation2011.co.uk to find more about the great work that Macmillan cancer support carry out visit www.macmillan.org.uk