Looking for a friendly kayaking club in Medway? Try WAM!
From White Wedding to White Water
I really fell on my feet when I found this club. You couldn’t hope to meet a friendly, more helpful group of people. Within minutes of arriving at my first pool session in January, Ian had not only put me in touch with a whitewater coach, but had also agreed to teach me to do […]
Kayak for Blackthorn Poster Girl
With less than 3 weeks to go before I set off for the Alps I’ve been taking a moment to reflect on all that has brought me to this point. The last time I was heading to this corner of France it was to attend a very different event – my wedding. What would I […]
The training’s nearly over! Watch the latest video
I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and creativity of the people who have offered to help me with my project. The team at Hayward Design are helping me to spread the word about my project with posters, flyers and business cards. Gone are the days of blushing as I write my project […]
Taylor Wimpey South East show their support for Kayak for Blackthorn
With less than a month to go, the training is nearly over. The learning curve has been long and slow, but mid-June marked the start of a big upturn in skills and confidence. This video clip shows the day I finally managed to roll myself back up on fast-moving water. After weeks of falling out […]
Rafa Ortiz gives me some tips
Taylor Wimpey is building a collection of new family homes just a stone’s throw away from the Blackthorn Trust, we are told they are selling like hot cakes. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the community, and we can’t wait to share our new physic garden with them, particularly as […]
Watch my first attempts to run the Legacy course at LVWWC!
Soon after I began paddling, I discovered a film called Chasing Niagara which documented Red Bull kayaker, Rafa Ortiz as he hatched a plan to kayak over Niagra Falls. Watching him kayak through treacherously dangerous but incredibly beautiful rivers involving descents from great heights was mezmerizing. Rafa has run some of the biggest waterfalls in […]
Roff & Co – digital magicians
Last Wednesday was a big day for me – for the first time I went to the top of the Legacy course at Lee Valley White Water Centre and I paddled down to the bottom. I got lucky the first time and managed to stay upright. Watching the video clip afterwards is always informative. In […]
Watch my latest training video!
It’s safe to say that 2018 has been a year of acquiring new skills. I can now paddle forwards, backwards, roll upside down and come back up again, and I can just about stay upright on fast-moving water on a good day. Sadly, my technology skills have not made quite the same progress, so thank […]
How the funds will be spent. Marian Boswall, Landscape Architect, explains…
I shudder slightly when I think that I’m now more than half way through my training programme. July is looming, and being somewhat of a perfectionist, I’m unnecessarily concerned that I’m not quite where I should be by now. Having spent time in the company of accomplished kayakers I have set my sights on the […]
The Blackthorn Trust, based in Maidstone, Kent, is a supportive therapeutic environment in which people can recover, grow and develop. Their work is based on the belief that more than medication is required to affect positive change in people: namely community, meaningful work, therapeutic and peer support, and daily routine. Blackthorn uses a person-centred approach […]