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News Archive 2009

11th/12th December 2009 - The first visit to 3 River Serpents of Durham, everyone who took part enjoyed

the experience, even though Kenni and her team did work us very hard! We would like to thank the

3 River Serpents for their time and effort that went into this very successful weekend.

View more photo's of the day Here

Also the same weekend Christine the Treasurer was delighted to receive a cheque for £826.50 from

Elaine Balderson, all collected as a result of her tremendous efforts in this years Great North Swim .

The photograph below show the handover at Durham.

6th December 2009 Members enjoyed a fulfilling Christmas lunch at Skelsmergh Community Hall, near Kendal

photo's to follow.


Paddlers for Life Masked Ball

30th October 2009.

What a way to end the paddling season!

Our thanks go to Suzanne, Muku, Mags, June, Alison, Liz, Ann and Megan

the organising committee, for presenting such a fabulous event. Every detail was covered and the Charity benefited

considerably from the donations made on the night. Many thanks to our generous donators. Click on the small pictures below to see the programme we

all enjoyed.


All of the photographs from the night can be viewed (and purchased) by visiting David Robinson at Morecambephoto and clicking on the 'photobox' tag

then use the password sent to you by Rowena.


Sunday 27th September 2009 - Paddlers were busy at two venues, at the Low Wood Marina, Members had the

pleasure of paddling with the Kinder Children's Choir of the High Peak, and were touched by the Choirs rendition of

Super Trooper at the end of the day. Find out more about the Choir Here

Photographs above - The Kinder Children's Choir of the High Peak and Members of Paddlers for Life.

At the same time other Members of Paddlers were competing in the Annual Lytham Round Table Race, forming a

composite team with NHS Lancashire - the team gained a creditable 5th place overall.


Shelly Barlow's Bike4Life - 21st September 2009

Shelly is to embark upon a record breaking attempt to be the first

woman to ride of road across the Pyrenees all in aid of Paddlers for Life.

Read all about it at Bike4Life

Read the Westmorland Gazette report about Shelley's adventure.


Saturday/Sunday 12/13th September 2009 - Paddlers for Life were well represented in this years Great North Swim held at the

Low Wood Marina, Louisa Balderson, Elaine Balderson, Megan Balderson, Karl Wycherly and David McPartlin all completed the mile long

open water swim in Windermere on Saturday, to be followed by Barbara Daniel and Roger, Alison Hodgkinson on the Sunday.

Click on image to see more photo's of the day.


Paddlers for Life members with Sheila and Margaret (extreme and second left) from Abreast in Aboat Vancover

see video of Great North Swim here

Friday 11th September 2009 - NHS North Lancashire Research & Development Conference 2009, during 2008 Dr Helen Crank
received a research bursary from NHS North Lancashire, Dr Helen presented a paper entitled "Dragon Boat Training
for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation", which detailed the research undertaken with members of Paddlers for Life.
Christine Robinson Treasurer and Trustee of Paddlers for Life talked about the experience of being part of the research.

Dr Helen Crank, Christine Robinson

Friday 11th September 2009 - Paddlers for Life entered the Kendal Torchlight Festival for the very first time on Friday,

thanks to the hard work of Susanne Ziegler, Fran Bowers, and Shelly Barlow's Troupe we won the Best Charitable Organisation Trophy.

see videos here more and more and even more

Great North Swim - IN the water, rather than ON the water

On the weekend of 12/13th September 2009 the 2nd Great North Swim will be held at the Low Wood Hotel.

Family and members of Paddlers for Life, instead of paddling dragon boats Artemis Diana and Lucy on the waters of Lake Windermere,

are taking part in the Great North Swim, to help raise funds.

All of them have a close experience of cancer, either having been diagnosed or cared for a loved one.

Rather than raise funds for one of the larger charities, we want to do the swim for more local people

so that they can gain from the amazing experience that Paddlers for Life has to offer, once treatment is finished!

Shown below are photographs of our intrepid paddlers preparing for the swim.

David, Karl, Megan, Elaine and Louisa (top row center) are all going out together on the Saturday @ 14.30

. Barbara and Roger (top row right) are swimming on Sunday @ 9.00am

Saturday 18th July 2009 - Paddlers for Life survivors and supporters teams together with 27 other teams

took part in the Dragon Boat Regatta for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

A great day was had by all, the supporters team managed a magnificant 4th place with the survivors team

creditably mid placed.

Photographs of the day can be viewed here.

Silverdale Art Group recently had their annual exhibition - part of the Silverdale and Arnside Art Trail,

and this year they chose Paddlers for Life as their charity. During the event donatations were made by members

of the public attending the exhibition. The group also helped to raise awareness of PFL with some infomation and flyers.

Pictured below is Norman Sandland treasurer of the Silverdale Art Group presenting a cheque for £226 to

Margaret Roberts of Paddlers for Life. The Trustees and members of Paddlers for Life would like to

thank the Silverdale Art Group for such a magnificent gesture.

silverdale art

Sunday 28th June 2009. Paddlers for Life members were delighted to welcome survivors and supporters from Dumfries,

Breast Foot Forward Dumfries joined us for a come and try day. their effort in the boat for first timers was fantastic.

We hope that this brief introduction to the sport of Dragon Boating has whet their appetite, and we look forward

to visiting Dumfries sometime in the future for a paddle!

Pictured below show members of Breast Foot Forward. More pictures of the day can be seen here.

Three more commemorative plaques were added to Artemis Diana today, Paddlers for Life wish to express our thanks for the generous donations received.


21st June 2009 Paddlers for Life took part in the Inaugural Summer Solstice Race organised by Windermere Kayak.

The day started with the Dotting of our Dragon's eyes by Julie Armitage of the NHS North Lancashire.

Both of Paddler's dragon boats took part in the event together with 28 other self powered craft.

The paddle started at Waterhead and finished at Fell Foot Park, a distance of over 10 miles, the crew of

Lucy at Low Wood comprising members of Paddlers for Life, NHS North Lancashire and the Low Wood Hotel

completed the course in 1hour 58minutes 46seconds. Artemis Diana crewed by Paddlers for Life followed with

a time of 2 hours 1 minute 4seconds.

The crews finishing 9th and 10th respectively.

Congratulations to the Lucy at Low Wood crew, A great day was had by all.

See the photographs of the event are shown here

6th June 2009 Paddlers are delighted to acknowledge the generous donation made by Diane Macdonald, NHS North Lancashire

folowing the auction of tickets to see Boyzone in Concert.

Diane is shown presenting the tickets to the lucky winner!

There were certainly no disappointments...Diane and her daughter went to see them on another date!


Sunday 31st May 2009 - The power of the paddle - members were pleased to welcome Barbara Partridge who lives in Birmingham,

Barbara got contacted Paddlers for Life whilst on holiday in Keswick, and after a fabulous day she has been put in touch with

her local dragon boat team. Photograph below shows Barbara (back right) taking her place in one of our boats.


Also on the 31st our we launched our new support boat. This craft will be used to assist in training and events, as well as giving reassurance

to members - if necessary! The boat is seen in action below.

photographs by Robert Balderson.

Sunday 17th May 2009 - Members were pleased to welcome Donna and Margaret from Tasmania, who ventured out on

a blustery Windermere day.

Donna and Margaret (in Green) with members of Paddlers for Life.

Margaret chats to fellow Tasmanians ! - Donna all set for a paddle

(photos by Harry Balderson)

Sunday April 19th 2009 - Another beautiful day on Lake Windermere was shared with ITV Border TV. They

filmed and interviewed members of Paddlers for Life, thank you for another great turnout.

Click on the banner to see the clip

Sunday 12th April 2009 - Fantastic start to the 2009 season, beautiful sunny weather and over 40 paddlers

enjoying a full day on the water plus an easter egg hunt!

Pictures by Sue Cogley Chairman Paddlers for Life.

lakenearly readytranquil

louisa eggjane egg

Sunday 5th April 2009 - Paddlers for Life members took to the water they were then joined

later in the day by 25 'new to paddling' visitors. Click on the image to see a video clip.


Saturday 4th April 2009 - 34 members of Paddlers for Life met at the Low Wood Hotel to receive the results of

the research by Dr Helen Crank of Sheffield Hallam University.

Later in the day the final water based training session took place at Kendal Leisure Center.

paul instructorringsnake


Tuesday 31st March 2009 -Pulling Together For Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema.

Research Event - the Lakes Suite Low Wood Hotel.

The programme included contributions from members of the NHS North Lancashire, Paddlers for Life, Dr Helen Crank, Denise Hardy, and Alison Hodkinson,

and was principally to set out the findings of the research which has been carried out by Dr Crank with members of Paddlers for Life.

The programme and speakers are shown below.

Opening address - Karen Kyle Head of Commissioning NHS North Lancashire


A Dragon's Tale - Louisa Balderson and Christine Robinson - Paddlers for Life


Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema - in a nutshell - Denise Hardy - Lymphoedema Specialist


Dragon Boat Paddling after Breast Cancer. What is the evidence? - Dr Helen Crank - Centre for sport and exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University


Exercise Referral Following Treatment for Cancer - Alison Hodgkinson - P.H Improvement Specialist (Physical Activity) NHS North Lancashire


Plenary - Julie Armitage - Head of Health Improvement, NHS North Lancashire.


Dr Crank's research findings, which were very well received, will be presented to members of Paddlers for Life on Saturday 4th April in the Buckley Room of

the Low wood Hotel at 2pm.

Breast Cancer Care Newsletter.

The following two page article appears in the spring edition of Breast Cancer Care News.



This article is reproduced from the Spring 2009 issue of Breast Cancer Care News. © Breast Cancer Care.
No part of the article may be reproduced without their permission.

Sunday 15th March 2009 Walk to Loughrigg Fell - Members split into two groups to enjoy a walk around/over Loughrigg Fell the weather

was very kind to us. We thank Tony and Aly our expert guides and look forward to the next one.

Walk to Loughrigg Fell

Saturday 7th March 2009. 24 members of Paddlers for Life took to the water on Saturday evening at the Kendal Leisure Center. Not only was

it great fun, but also very informative. Our thanks to Paul from the Low Wood Water Sports Center, who gave us instruction on how to wear

buoyancy aids in the correct manner and what to do when in the water, looking after each other in groups and swimming like a sea serpent!

Our thanks also to Karl who brought two canoe's to give everyone the experience of a capsize and being under an upturned boat.

To view a short video of the evening click here. The event is to be repeated on the 4th April 2009, members who have not yet

experience being in the water fully clothed are encouraged to attend, together with those members who can't wait to try it again.


Saturday and Sunday 21/22 February 2009. We had an excellent turnout for the boat maintenance, many hands do make light work.

All ready now for the new season launch - Sunday 5th April 2009


Sunday 8th February 2009. After a very well attended general meeting at Silverdale, members enjoyed a Jacobs Join followed by a brisk, chilly

walk onto Arnside Knott.

Members looking very pleased to have reached the Knott!

There have been many requests for Lynn Shamal's poem given at the Chinese New Year Celebration

Sunday 1st February 2009.

Paddlers for Life members celebrated the Chinese New Year with a Chinese style meal at the Low Wood Hotel,

followed in the afternoon by paper Dragon Boat making. The excellent event was organised Lynn Shamal and Jo Stoney,

members were invited to attach a personal message to their paper boats before launching them on a very wintery Windermere .

Paper boat making

Some Lynn and Jo made earlier!

Easy for Mae-Sera

Peter salutes the fleet.

Medb enjoy's the fun

10 January 2009 Please click on the following link - North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust press release
to read this important document

Sunday 4th January 2009. The sun soon burnt off the mist surrounding Lake Windermere to allow everyone on our New Year walk to enjoy

wonderful views as well as getting much needed exercise after the Christmas excesses! More walks are planned so come along.


New Year Walkers.


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