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I really need to get into shape for this trip, it’s much longer than anything I’ve done before, so I’ve been really fortunate that the University of Brighton has stepped up to provide me with access to their gyms and a personal trainer. My trainer, the lovely Charlotte, has devised a programme especially for me, this trip, my condition, and my own quirky set of needs.
Once again the NCBA has come to the rescue of Gutless Kayaking. This year the NCBA are providing the use of their boat, Merlot, for the entire 32 day trip! This is great news for Justin, since Merlot will be his medical centre and bedroom.
Community boating organisations provide access to and services on the UK’s waterways for the benefit of their local community. They often work with youth and other community based groups in addition to individuals and may provide specific services for disabled, disadvantaged or otherwise excluded people in our society such as those on low incomes or from minority groups.
The aim of these organisations is much more than just access to a leisure facility. It could be social inclusion, education, rehabilitation (health or offending) and issues of wider community cohesion. They are usually charitable in nature and often registered charities. They are predominantly voluntary organisations themselves relying on donations, fund-raising and sponsorship from within their operating area.
Richard manages absolutely everything whilst Justin and Gutless Kayakers serenly make their way along the waterways. Richard will ensure we have great moorings each night (within easy walking distance of the finest waterside hostelries for the traditional debriefing), that Justin’s medical supplies get delivered en route, that the whole show stays on the water….
Richard said, ” When I saw the task that Justin and his colleagues was undertaking and its timing I just had to get involved. Its a fair trip on a powered boat over three weeks, but paddling while connected to a machine and getting out at each lock sort of adds to that and inspires!”
Sorting out the logistics for any of our Gutless events takes several months. Gutless Kayaking would simply not be possible to undertake if it weren’t for the continuing support of Bushwood Books – who provide the personnel, office time and equipment needed to help organise this fundraising trip. Check out their website for books on every collectible subject under the sun!
Convatec supply Justin will all his stoma care products. Justin says “after a lot of trial and error with an assortment of items from a wide range of suppliers, I’ve found a really reliable combination of products from Convatec that I’m confident to use inside and outdoors”. 100% leak and accident free in 2010, I’m expecting the same again in 2013.
Justin receives regular deliveries from Bupa Home Healthcare with his life-saving parenteral nutrition and ancillary supplies. Whilst Justin is completing his kayaking challenge, Bupa will make sure he has everything he needs to connect to his feed bags on a daily basis.
If you’re out and about on the canals or tow path at about 8.30 in the morning and see a man struggling with a number of large blue boxes then you have probably witnessed Bupa delivering Justin’s feed to our hospital ship, Merlot.
CME Medical manufacture the electric pump used by Justin to regulate his intravenous nutrition. If this doesn’t work then Justin doesn’t get fed. Justin is attached to his life support system whilst kayaking. This means that if, please no, Justin ends up in the water accidently, we need to ensure all the medical kit stays dry. The ruck sack Justin wears that contains the whole life support system is waterproof as far as rain is concerned, but not for submersion. So, CME Medical are looking into using nano coating technology on Justin’s pump to make it fully waterproof.
CME Medical is the fastest growing specialist infusion company in the UK, providing products for medical specialties including pain management, palliative care, oncology, nutrition and other clinical applications. For more information, visit www.cmemedical.co.uk or call 01253 894646.
Guy Portelli worked as a sculptor in the special effects dept for the BBC TV before setting up own studio in 1981. Commissions followed and more recently Guy took his Pop Icons project to the BBC Dragon’s Den programme, resulting in his being backed by James Caan, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis. Heart Throb, The Golden Age of the Pop Icon was staged at The Mall Galleries in London in June 2009. This collection featured 18 icons from Frank Sinatra up to Amy Winehouse.
This collection includes a piece entitled Imagine, representing John Lennon and is a particular favourite of Justin’s sister Victoria. Justin is a lifelong Beatles fan so Guy feels this is the most appropriate sculpture to help the project. The edition is of 10 in nickel plated bronze of which 9 are available for sale. There are also 2 in the original bronze version. For any sales made through the Gutless Kayaking website or associated events Guy will donate 10% of the £9000.00 sales price.
Please contact us by email: email@example.com or call us on: Guy 01732 364708 or Victoria 07768 102515