‘The Smugglers’ sign up to 289-mile charity challenge round the Cornish coast

By The Post in Local People

A MAN from Bude is embarking on a 289-mile challenge around the Cornish coast with three friends, to raise money for cancer charities.

‘The Smugglers’, as they call themselves, consist of Bude man, Brown Cardoo, and his friends Liam Sharpe, Johnny Wright and James Adams. Brown approached fellow Bude lifeboat crew member, Liam, to organise the fundraiser that followed in the footsteps of their 2011 Three Peaks Row Challenge.

Brown, an active RNLI member, teacher, husband and father to two boys, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. He has undergone treatment and whilst not cured, is keen to help others, especially The Force charity, an organisation close to his heart.

The Smugglers will be travelling 289 miles around the Cornish coast, not on bike, boat or by foot, but by prone paddleboard.

The challenge will start from Mayflower Steps at the Barbican in Plymouth, and is hoped to finish at the lock gates, Bude, on September 8. The team will use a tag team format, 24 hours a day for what is hoped to be five days — but this could take longer depending on the weather and sea conditions. The expected finishing date will coincide with National Stand Up for Cancer Day.

The team of four are hoping to raise as much money as possible for cancer charities such as Cancer Research UK and The Force, in recognition of the work they do for research into cancer and support for patients and their families.

Brown said:?“I found the first training sessions hard-going; my next round of chemotherapy will be easy compared to this!

“This is something Liam has always wanted to do and we have a great team with James and Johnny too — we’re all a bit crazy really, but the end goal is to raise as much money for Cancer Research UK and the Force.”

To find out more or to donate, visit www.thesmugglerschallenge.co.uk.

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