Roy’s kayak marathon for Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK welcome a donation from Roy Beal who Kayaked from Seaton to Lands End. Roy pictur

Cancer Research UK welcome a donation from Roy Beal who Kayaked from Seaton to Lands End. Roy pictured with Catherine Gillen from the charity and Irene Steele from Winstons pub who helped Roy with the fundraising. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mha 5949-42-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders - Credit: Archant

Seaton man raises £3,700 after paddling to Lands End in memory of his mum and his partner’s dad

A Seaton man has presented Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £3,694 after kayaking to Land’s End.

Roy Beal, 41, of Harbour Road, took on the trip in August in memory of his mother, Wendy, and his partner’s father, Jon Chipperton, who were both cancer victims.

“I just wanted to do something to help the fight against it,” he said, before setting off.

“Cancer is a horrible thing and I’ve grown up around it, and I’ve just had enough of it affecting people’s lives.”


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Roy was a keen kayaker in his youth, but had not picked up a paddle for several years when he decided to take on the challenge.

So there were lots of training sessions to Lyme Regis and Sidmouth before he set off to complete his week-long marathon.

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Roy handed over the giant cheque to Cancer Research UK’s Catherine Gillen at Winstons club in Seaton where staff helped him with his fundraising.

He said: “It’s a fantastic charity, and if I can have some input in their cause, I know I’ve done my job.”

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