Charitable duo up creek with a paddle challenge

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Two employees from Lancaster-based digital agency, NuBlue, are ready to start paddling towards a very ambitious sponsorship target of £3,000, which they hope to raise for the Cure Parkinsons Trust.

NuBlue’s web hosting manager, Ewan MacLeod and agency manager, Matt Hutchinson, are taking part in the Great Glen Canoe Expedition in May, canoeing a lengthy 60 miles in just five days, and tackling the formidable open waters of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness as they cross Scotland.

Behind the fun, midges, the inevitable rain and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, there is a serious purpose for the trip: Fix Parkinson’s – the group that the pair are raising money with – was formed by a group of engineers, when one of them was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 41.

The suffererer, Simon will be leading the team of intrepid paddlers on their journey, to prove that life doesn’t stop when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a neurological condition, suffered by around 127,000 people in the UK alone, and there is currently no cure.

Ewan and Matt’s journey will be tracked on a new website which NuBlue has created at www.nu-canoe.co.uk. Ewan and Matt will keep a video diary and will also blog about their trip.

Ewan said: “This is the latest in a series of initiatives that we are taking part in to try to help raise the profile of 
Parkinson’s by helping Fix Parkinson’s.

“We are setting ourselves an ambitious target of £3,000, but hope that people will give generously and recognise that this expedition is going to be gruelling.”

Fellow paddler, Matt Hutchinson was thankful support: “We are grateful to Lancaster University Canoe Club and NuBlue.”

NuBlue’s managing director, Michael Ashworth, says: “We believe in backing causes that matter to our employees and which are rooted in our local community in Lancashire. Hopefully, we have given Ewan and Matt an opportunity to raise a substantial sum of money for charity”.

*Anyone wishing to sponsor this mission can visit www.nu-canoe.co.uk Companies with items to donate to the cause should contact Matt or Ewan on 0800 033 7072 or nucanoe@nublue.co.uk.