Up the creek - with a paddle

Former Driffield School deputy head teacher Ian Toon is planning a gruelling Kayak challenge to raise money for charity.

Thursday, 17th April 2014, 12:28 pm
Ian Toon. From Driffield. Is doing a charity kayak trip. -- NDTP PA1416-4a

Mr Ian Toon, 65, of Highwood, intends to take to the water in May to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Mr Toon, who was deputy head at Driffield for 18 years and retired from teaching 10 years ago, said: “From time to time I’ve undertaken long-distance, multi-day, kayak trips to raise funds for charity through sponsorship. These have been solo, unsupported challenges, camping mainly on riverbanks along the way.

“The first was The Thames and was approximately 125 miles, and the second was The Great Glen Canoe Trail, approximately 60 miles.

Mr Toon said: “I’m intending to tackle a third fundraising trip, again for BHF, this May, taking in the rivers of The Great Ouse and the River Cam and ending in Cambridge - approximately 60 miles.

“This trip will undoubtedly present its own challenges, not least of which is having now become a fully-fledged pensioner - oh, and having 14 locks to contend with along the way. I’ve planned for this to happen over a period of five days some time during May, but, if the weather at that time presents dauntingly strong head winds, I shall have to re-schedule for a later date.”

Mr Toon has also penned two books which are available for download on Amazon Kindle. Royalties also go to the BHF. The first is a novel called Baltic Cruise. The second is a collection called Five Short Stories. “At £2 a download, I hope these two titles may help to make a further small donation towards the work of BHF.” Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and BHF are leading the fight against it.

Donations power life-saving research. Readers can donate to Mr Toon’s cause by visiting his JustGiving page on the web www.justgiving.com/Ian-Toon