Jason Dodd – early adopter of wild ideas

In November 2017 I visited Jason Dodd at his office in Canterbury to make a poster to advertise the Blackthorn Trust Christmas fair. It took no time at all, I’d put my coat on and I had my hand on the door handle to leave. Just before I opened the door he said, “so, is […]

Read more
gdm architects – boat sponsors

gdm architects play a really active role in helping to raise funds at the Blackthorn Trust. Last year they put on a charity football match in our honour, this year a member of the team will be doing the prestigious Prudential 100 cycle race for us, and they have also kindly contributed funding towards the […]

Read more
A rare sight

This is David Abra. He prefers to be on the other side of the camera, so Jason stole this shot of him while he was concentrating on filming. I met David at my first ever pool session. The following week he turned up with an armful of Go Pros and a camera, and so the […]

Read more
Meet my new friends – Surfplugs!

These little beauties are going to keep me safe from ear infections, a common problem for people who spend their time upside down in rivers or surfing waves, and one which can leave lasting damage. I was lucky enough to meet the owners of Surfplugs at Lee Valley White Water Centre in March. They took […]

Read more
From Nomad to Rockstar

Although I will be doing my Alps adventure in a Dagger Nomad, a big creek boat that will keep me safe out on the water in the Alps, I had been having some trouble learning some of the techniques in it. Looking back, I realize it was only a matter of time before someone put […]

Read more