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Posted by Robyn Dawson

Words Rachel French, August 2021

Once again we've teamed up with Rowcroft Hospice to bring you the stand-up paddle boarding event, ‘SUP Your Way’. This September, SUP newbies and seasoned pros alike will glide across South Devon’s beautiful waters in a sponsored paddle to raise vital funds to care for local people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The event will run over nine days starting Saturday 11 September to Sunday 19 September 2021. Participants are invited to create their own route — of 5km, 10km or another distance of their choice — and paddle at any time that suits, during that period.

About Rowcroft Hospice

Rowcroft Hospice supports adults living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon. They are a charity, and the vast majority of their funding comes from the incredible generosity of the local community as Alison Upton, Community Fundraising Manager at Rowcroft Hospice explains...

“Following the success of last year’s inaugural SUP event, we’re running SUP Your Way again this September to make the most of the booming trend in paddle boarding! We’re encouraging everyone to join in and have a go while raising vital money for the hospice at the same time. People can choose when, how and where they paddle.

It can be a chance to get together with friends, have a fun family day out, or enjoy a peaceful paddle with someone special. You might like to SUP at dawn taking a flask of coffee and a croissant; or take a picnic and make a day of it. That’s the beauty of this event: you do it your way! t’s a fantastic chance for people to support the hospice while enjoying a new challenge that makes the most of our stunning seascapes and rivers. What's not to love?!”

SUP Stories

There are so many inspirational stories from people within the community raising incredible amounts of funds for Rowcroft, Hospice taking on some epic challenges.

“Last year, people did all sorts of wacky things to raise money for Rowcroft during lockdown. One chap hopped 2.6 miles; one ran a marathon around his back garden and one lady did 100 burpees a day. People shaved their heads, sold plants and made face masks. One chap walked from Big Ben in London to “Little Ben” in Torquay. He did this unsupported and did not take any supplies or book anywhere to stay – just relying on the general public to help him. It worked and he raised over £28,000 for Rowcroft in memory of his dad! All of the money raised enabled Rowcroft to continue supporting patients and their families.” - Alison Upton, Community Fundraising Manager at Rowcroft Hospice.

These are just some great stories from the past year that helped raise money for the charity.
If you fancy doing your bit to help this year then why not take part in SUP Your Way? It is open to all! It’s a great challenge to do with friends and family, you can even arrange for a group to do it at your local SUP school. You could even do take part in fancy dress and have a real giggle with it!
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All participants are asked to raise over £320 in sponsorship (or make a £20 donation to Rowcroft). And if you need a bit more incentive to get involved then you could also win some Red Original gear…

• Paddlers raising over £50 in sponsorship will be awarded a free Red Original paddle cap
• Paddlers raising over £150 will receive a Red Original Quick Dry Robe worth £48

• The top two fundraisers will receive a Red Original Pro Change Robe worth £145

All participants will be entered into a large grand prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a selection of prizes worth over £200.

Money that you raise will help fund Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home service that provides expert care, support and compassion to local patients at home in their last two weeks of life. This essential service makes such a difference for families across the South Devon region – from Dartmouth to Dawlish and up onto Dartmoor. “Our patients tell us that, for them, home is where the heart is, and more than anywhere else they would prefer to be at home when they die,” says Karenne Weaver, Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home Manager.

We have some great SUP Tuition videos over on our YouTube channel to help you with training or that will get you started on your SUP. If you are looking to upgrade your paddle boarding and think this challenge maybe your time to do it check out the blog on how to progress your paddle boarding. The Paddlelogger App is also great way to help keep track of your progress too, and it will support you throughout your training.

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For any updates be sure to follow our SUP YOUR WAY Facebook event page.

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