Paddlers for Life Book Project: Next theme is here.

Project: History of Paddlers for Life in a Book.

This is the thirteenth paddling season for Paddlers for Life breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.

It is timely to look at how the team came into being, record its development over the years and look forward to what lies ahead as the team recruits new members.

A small group of members has been meeting over the early weeks and months of 2020 to try and shape what the book might look like in format and content. These members have tried to outline in their brief all the values, emotions, aspirations and benefits that being a team member brings.

It is hoped that the book reflects everything about being a member of Paddlers for Life in narrative, recollections, personal experiences and reflections, photo images and artwork, prose and poetry, recipes and whatever else seems pertinent in telling our story.

We want the book to portray the thoughts and experiences of all members established and newer, experienced and skill developing. We want the viewpoints of everyone telling their personal stories as well as describing the excitement and benefits of team membership.

Please do not be shy in offering whatever you can to the project. We will try and facilitate the process of book development in as many ways as we can so please look out for things you might do to contribute to the book.

It is time for a new paddling related theme for you to think about.

There are many ways to celebrate but there is one key aspect of celebration that seems to be at the centre of paddling activities, cake! Share your story via any of our PfL social media platforms and here on the website.

Pluck up the courage to check out the Book Group’s next theme and share your experiences and favourite recipes.

So this week’s theme is: Cake. What memories do these cake celebrations bring to mind?

What thoughts and comments does this theme conjure up for you? Write, draw, video, create with some spontaneity or take as much time as you want. The Book Group needs your help to ignite the dedication and determination to tell the amazing story of Paddlers for Life, the past, the present, and the future.

Thanks a lot, The Book Group

The latest theme is:                                     ‘Cake’

Book Theme: Cake



You can still share your thoughts on the theme ‘Place’ on this page here.


Purpose of the book.

  • To retell the story of Paddlers for Life Windermere as we move into our 13th season in the second decade of the century.
  • To be informative, interesting and inspiring.
  • To capture the thoughts, memories and anecdotal comments from a wide range of people associated with PfL.


Our audience will be quite broad i.e. we want to appeal to several different groups such as:

  • Newcomers to Paddlers for Life.
  • Those who haven’t joined (yet) but wish to know what we’re about.
  • Older members/past members (including relatives/supporters) who want to reminisce.
  • Medical practitioners who want to find out more.
  • Other breast cancer survivor (BCS) paddling groups (worldwide).

For starters, here is a list of words which we think best reflect themes around the experience of paddling in a cancer survivor dragon boat team as either survivor or supporter.