News Archive 2009
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.
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 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.
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 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
Dr Helen Crank, Christine Robinson
thanks to the hard work of Susanne Ziegler, Fran Bowers, and Shelly Barlow's Troupe we won the Best Charitable Organisation Trophy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to members - if necessary! The boat is seen in action below.
photographs by Robert Balderson.
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)
filmed and interviewed members of Paddlers for Life, thank you for another great turnout.
Click on the banner to see the clip
enjoying a full day on the water plus an easter egg hunt!
Pictures by Sue Cogley Chairman Paddlers for Life.
later in the day by 25 'new to paddling' visitors. Click on the image to see a video clip.
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.
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.
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.
was very kind to us. We thank Tony and Aly our expert guides and look forward to the next one.
Walk to Loughrigg Fell
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.
All ready now for the new season launch - Sunday 5th April 2009
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
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
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