Swan pedalow sets out for 101-mile challenge for epilepsy
Young Epilepsy supporter and fundraiser, Ash Wilson along with Colin Dippie and Jane-Louise Bassett set off for their 101 mile challenge on Saturday, 9 August.
They are riding a swan pedalo along the River Thames to raise funds for Young Epilepsy and Guide dogs for the Blind.
The team had a brilliant start and were making some impressive progress along the river but a major problem struck when the ‘Pokeswan’ pedalo started leaking not far from the city centre. After spending some time fixing the boat it was back in the water and the team peddled on to catch-up with lost time.
Ash and the team took inspiration from comedians Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath who set sail down the Thames as part of a comedy series called ‘Three Men in a Boat’. The self-titled ‘Pokeswan Go’ team aim to complete the challenge in 7 days, starting at Fiddler’s Island, North of Oxford and 101 miles later finishing at Richmond Bridge on Saturday 13 August at approximately 2pm-3pm.
Ash Wilson said:
It hasn’t been plain pedal-ing; we have had leaks, broken pedals and I’ve injured my knee in the process but we are confident we will complete this mission on Saturday. We have had some great reactions along the way and I believe this will be the first time a pedalo has been allowed on the tidal part of the River Thames. We have been catching Pokemon along the way too and if you manage to catch the Pokeswan we would love to see your photos.
We are raising funds for two fantastic charities Guide Dogs for the Blind and Young Epilepsy, which is a cause close to my heart as I live with the condition myself and I have seen the great work that they are doing to support children and young people with epilepsy.
The trio have been catching Pokemon along the way and if you manage to spot the rare Pokeswan don’t forget to share your snaps and tag us on social media.