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This is a time line of Paddlers for Life,Windermere. 2016 Key events in our nine seasons of paddling.
Team for first canal leg.   Team for second canal leg.


AGM 20th. November 2016

'Paddle in Pink' for breast cancer awareness. October 24th. 2016.



Paddling with the Serpees in Durham.
9th. October, 2016

Third Dragon Bay Regatta.
11th. September, 2016



New Boat Launch, 14th. August, 2016


Members and supporters at Total Warrior Lakes 6th, August, 2016


Coaching Session 31st July,2016

Helm Training, 23rd. and 24th. July 2016



Lancashire LA visitors. 21st. July, 2016

Windermere Tour 17th. June, 2016


Lancaster Canal Challenge, thirty mile paddle.
10th. July, 2016

Canal challenge preparation. 3rd. July, 2016



Paddling Training for Canal Event 26th. June 2016


Great North Swim, 11th. June,2016



Eye Dotting Ceremony 5th. June, 2016

New boat arrival and coaching session.
An exciting day for paddlers. 22nd. May 2016



14th. May, 2016 'Low Wood No Wood' cardboard boat regatta 2016


 'Low Wood No Wood' boat building.
7th. May, 2016



Paddling and coaching session with Lancaster University Confucious Society. 7th. May, 2016

First Paddle and 2nd. Pool Session for water confidence.April 17th, 2016.



Boat preparation and pontoon building.
April 10th, 2016.


Down and Ready Day at Levens Village Hall.
3rd. April, 2016.



Pool session for water confidence.13th. March, 2016.

Coffee Morning at Silverdale Gaskell Hall.
30th. January, 2016.


Third prize in cardboard boat time trials for Paddlers for Life Windermere  

Our 2015 AGM 15th. November, 2015


'Paddle in Pink' day in breast cancer awareness month. 25th. October, 2015

Fun and games 18th. October, 2015



Another great day of paddling, 4th. October, 2015

A memorable September Day, 27th. September, 2015


Music and Cake by the Lake with the Calvert Trust at Brathay. 20th.September 2015 A very busy weekend for Paddlers for Life UK hosting a cancer survivorship conference on Saturday 12th. September and then the 2nd Dragonbay Regatta on Sunday 13th. September.
Regatta preparation
6th. September, 2015
Bank holiday exploration
30th. August, 2015
Members of U3A Kendal visited.
23rd. August, 2015
Water safety session on Windermere
20th. August, 2015
Second August coaching session with Keni
16th. August, 2015
A wonderful coaching session led by Keni.
2nd. August, 2015
Paddlers for Life Windermere at Total Warrior Shap
1st. August, 2015
A donation cheque was presented but the season continues with the tendency to be unsettled and blustery so no paddling.
25th. July, 2015
Paddlers for Life Windermere welcomed a variety of visitors. 5th. July, 2015
'Windermere Canoe and Kayak' organised the annual 2015 Solstice race of 10.5 miles along Windermere from Wateredge to Fell Foot. Paddlers for Life Windermere took to the water on June 13th. participating in a celebration of 20 years of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling.
Paddlers for Life 'Dotted the Eyes' of the dragons on their two dragon boats Artemis Phyllis and Lucy at Low Wood.
7th. June, 2015
'Low Wood No Wood' cardboard boat regatta. Saturday 16th. May

Confucius Society visit for training.

3rd. May 2015

Fiirst coaching session with Keni.
26th. April, 2015
First paddle 19th. April, 2015 'Down and Ready ' day. March 22nd. 2015
First water confidence and safety pool session on the 1st. March. 2015 Coffee morning at Gaskell Hall in Silverdale. 31st. January, 2015

This slideshow reviews moments from our 2014 season as we look forward to our eighth season of paddling.




Paddlers for life Windermere held their AGM in November 2014

Yorkshire Building Society donate to Paddlers for Life Windermere
October 2014



Paddlers for Life Sarasota highlights.

International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission Participatory Festival, Sarasota, Florida, 2014.

Paddlers for Life UK IBCPC Sarasota Participatory Festival team




October 12th. was the last paddle of the 2014 season and a final chance for the Paddkers for Life UK team to practice before the International festival.

We also held a 'Flowers on the water' ceremony to remember two Paddlers for Life members from Port Edgar Dragons

October 2014

Peter took a full boat of paddlers through some 500 metre training routines in practice for Sarasota.
September 28th.2014

1st. Low Wood Bay Charity Dragon Boat Regatta
14th. September, 2014




Paddlers for Life showed off Artemis Phyllis to the people of Kendal at Kendal Torchlight. 12th. September 2014

A perfect Windermere Day with a
Lancaster Bomber flypast
September 2014





200 metre race practice video
September 2014

Gorgeous weather and conditions for the last August paddle for this year. 31st. August, 2014





Two hard working coaching sessions with Keni.
24th. August, 2014

August continues with its rain while
Paddlers for Life is filmed.
10th. August, 2014




BBC invite back Paddlers for Life Windermere
to Re-unite with Participants from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant,
13th. and 14th. July, 2014.

Visitors to Paddlers for Life, Windermere for training.
27th. July, 2014





Paddlers for Life meet the public at a Brockhole 'Come and Try' day.
13th. July, 2014

A sunny July paddle, 6 7 2014


Windermere Solstice Paddle, 21st June, 2014


Paddlers for Life paddlers and family members success in Great North Swim, Rowena, Steve, Vicky and family members complete the one mile swim.
14th. June, 2014
'Dotting the Eyes' of 'Artemis Phyllis' and 'Lucy at Low Wood', 1st June, 2014

Paddlers for Life put two boats out.
May 25th. 2014




Paddlers for Life, Windermere Easter paddle saw two boats on the water.
20th. April, 2014

A busy day for Paddlers for Life, Windermere,
training a university student team.
4th. May, 2014

Our first 2014 Coaching Session.
May 18th. 2014


Season 2014 First Paddle
April 13th. 2014



Paddlers for Life , Windermere Circle Dance fundraiser. March 2014


Paddling session with Worcester Busters in preparation for Sarasota Festival 2014
April 5th. and 6th. 2014


A workshop updating Matt's Ph.D. work with Paddlers for Life, WIndermere
9th. March 2014


Water Safety Session
1st. February, 2014

Silverdale Coffee Morning
25th. January,2014


Paddlers for Life, Windermere at the
Staveley Winter Festival


Gingerbread Paddler for Life


2013 AGM

27th. October, 2013
Paddlers for Life, Windermere hosted a 'Paddle It Pink' event for members, family, friends and supporters.


13th. October, 2013
An end of season coaching session with Keni.


30th. September, 2013
Australian Rugby Team visit for team paddling session.



29th. September, 2013
A beautiful September Sunday paddle.

23rd. September, 2013
Sue was nominated ITV Pride of Britain, Local Hero.


Sunday paddling, 22nd. September, 2013

14/09/2013, Paddlers for Life, Windermere visited the IDBA Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta.


Paddlers for Life paddled dragon boats at Ambleside YHAday! 8th. September, 2013

Keni coached two full crews on a beautiful Windermere day. 25th. August, 2013



Third August evening paddle, 20th. August 2013

Helm training weekend 17th. and 18th. August, 2013



Another beautiful evening paddle. 13th. August, 2013

A beautiful evening for our first August midweek paddle. 6th. August 2013

Paddlers for Life, Windermere were there in all their glory at the Lake District Boat Club annual Best Dressed Boat Parade in Bowness Bay.Saturday 3rd. August,
28th. July, 2013
Paddlers for Life join the celebrations at
Ambleside YHA Grand Opening


21st July, 2013.
Another glorious sunny day on Windermere.

14th. July, 2013.
Paddlers for Life Windermere had a strong presence at Brockhole Visitor Centre Open Day
in a 'Meet the Dragon' day organised by Sue P-J.

June 30th. 2013
Last June Paddle
A day for visitors

9th. June, 2013.
Two more fantastic coaching sessions with Keni.

June 9th. 2013,
Eye Dotting Ceremony

June 2nd, 2013
Paddling Session.
The wind still challenges!

26th. May, 2013
May Bank Holiday Paddle.

19th. May, 2013
Two dragon boats were out on a calm Windermere for a coaching session with Keni.

4th. and 5th. May 2013
Helm Training.

May 1st. 2013
Tattoo Fundraiser cheque presentation.


April 28th. 2013
The weather is still making our season start challenging!

April 14th.
High winds and rain prevent paddling.

April 7th. First Paddle.
Paddlers for Life, Windermere finally got out for their first paddle of the sixth season.
Cold water conditions had delayed our season start so paddlers were especially eager for this first session.
The new support rib has its first outing and Lucy parades her new 2013 dragon head and tail makeover.
Down and Ready day 2013 Water confidence session 2013
17th. March, 2013
'Down and Ready' Day
Paddlers for Life members met at Levens Village Institute to prepare for the new season.

March 2013
Tattoo Fundraising Day
Sue organised this fundraising day in Chorley.

February, March 2013
Sue and Peter met a fellow team of cancer survivor paddlers
in Hawaii who use outrigger canoes.

Mana'olana Pink Paddlers




23rd. February, 2013
Pre-season water confidence session.

February, 2013
Sian Lewis's Abseil Fundraising,
Cheque Presentation



January, 2013
Another wonderfully successful Silverdale Coffee Morning .

November 24th. 2012 AGM. Thanks to Sue and Ann from PfL members for their hard work as trustees.
Sue has reached the end of her term of office as trustee and is now a patron of the charity. Ann has worked hard as secretary and now is putting all her energy into the newly formed PfL Manchester.
October 2012
Paddlers for Life Windermere publicise Breast Cancer Campaign's 'Wear It Pink' day to promote Breast Cancer Awareness and Fund Raising for research.
This ends our fifth paddling season.

October 2012
Some wonderful calm sunny days of paddling, and the occasional wet day.

October 14th. 2012
Keni visits from Three River Serpents at Durham with some new coaching experiences.

September 2nd. 2012
Sylvia Emmott visits to 'Dot the Eyes' of Artemis Phyllis, the dragon boat purchased through her fund-raising.

September 2nd. 2012
Jenny Yule visits from the IBCPC

September 2nd. 2012
Louisa and Sue have been nominated and chosen as
'Community Heroes' as part of Low Wood Hotel's celebration of the hotel group's sixtieth anniversary.

August 2012
Helm Training continues with several helms completing training for Paddlers for Life, Windermere, Wigan and Manchester.

August 2012
We paddled down to Bowness-on-Windermere to win the "Best Team Boat" in the 'Best Dressed Boat' boat parade.

July 2012
Artemis Diana at Manchester for a Paddlers for Life, Manchester 'Taster Day'.

July 2012
Artemis Diana has moved to Manchester.


July, 2012
'Au revoir' Artemis Diana.
Paddlers took Artemis Diana on a final tour of Windermere.

Great North Swim 24th. June 2012

Nick and Megan were both successful in their one mile swim around Low Wood Bay, Windermere
as part of the Great North Swim.

Friday 21st. June
Sue Cogley, Paddlers for Life Trustee,
carries the Olympic Torch in the Torch Relay at Bispham, Blackpool.
Thursday 21st. July
Paddlers for Life accompany the Olympic Torch as it is carried on the Tern into Bowness-on-Windermere.
Sunday 10th. June
Fund raising Abseil down the face of Carlisle Civic Centre.
To raise funds for PfL. Thanks to Judy and Steve's daughter Sian for organising the event and raising a massive amount.

4th. June, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Pageant paddle on the Thames.

What a Day!
All 12.94 miles of it!

27th. May 2012.
Keni came over from Three River Serpents to coach us in preparation for our Queen's Flotilla
Monday 21st. May 2012
Paddlers for Life new dragon boat, Artemis Phyllis, has her
first outing.

May 2012
Several extended paddling sessions in preparation for the Jubilee Flotilla.
The pageant crew have their photocall.

Sunday 20th. May
Paddlers for Life Windermere welcome their new Dragon Boat, Artemis Phyllis, paid for by fundraising by Sylvia Emmott, Chair SLDC

May 10th., 2012
'One Show' BBC film crew film on an evening paddle.

6th. May 2012
John and Elaine Parkinson and Julie Dawson
'Dot the Eyes' of our two dragons.

April 2012
Ongoing work on Dragon Heads

April 2012
A BBC crew come to film and interview Paddlers for Life preparing for the Pageant TV Programme.

April 2012
Several sustained paddling sessions to build strength and stamina to practice for the Queen's Jubilee Pageant Flotilla.

Sunday and mid-week evening paddles.

1st April 2012
First paddling day of our fifth season in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, in the Element of Water.

Saturday 31st March
Networking Conference at Maggie's Centre Edinburgh.

March, 2012 Announcement
Paddlers for Life Founder Member will carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch

10th. March, 2012
Dragon Head Making Workshop

4th March, 2012
Workshop at Levens Village Institute

Sunday 26th. February.
Winter Walk, Helm Crag
Near Grasmere

18th. February, 2012
Thames trial run for the Jubilee Pageant.

February, 2012
Coaching and paddling with Keni and the Three River Serpents in Durham

January, 2012
Silverdale Coffee Morning

£943:35p raised.

January, 2012
Winter Walk
Lingmoor Fell in Langdale

January, 2012
Visit to Debdale, Gorton, Manchester
Check out facilities for newly forming PfL Manchester


January, 2012
Winter Walk
Fairy Steps, Arnside

November 2011.
Sylvia Emmott leader SLDC.
Second Glitzy Dinner
to raise funds for a new boat. Paddlers for Life is the chosen charity for a year of fund raising.

Paddlers for Life have published their first set of postcards.

'Wear It Pink' breast cancer awareness and fund-raising event.

Keni visited to give
another great coaching session
We also had visitors from 'Pool of Life' in Liverpool.

2nd. October, 2011
Paddlers for Life Scotland SE paddled their new boat.



October 9th. 2011
Rain stops paddling! Well the wind actually!

Sunday September
More helm training.


September 2011
Paddlers for Life Scotland SE have taken delivery of their new dragon boat.


Sunday, August 28th., 2011
One of those rare sundays when paddling was cancelled.

Sunday September 4th.
Paddlers for Life held a
flowers on the water ceremony
in memory of Jeanette who was one of the first cancer survivors to take up dragon boat paddling in this country.

24th. August
Mary Smith, Reeve for the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, and husband Al
met Sylvia Emmott, Chair of SLDC

Sunday 21st. August
A reporter from BBC Cumbria spent some time with Paddlers for Life.



Furness Breast Cancer Support Group visit to try their hand at paddling.



August 2011
Safety Boat Exercise for a
dragon boat swamping

August 2011
Safety Boat Training.
Three PfL members receive
Safety Boat Certificate


8th. August 2011
Sue's interview on BBC Radio Cumbria. Exercise, Cancer recovery and prevention.



Wednesday July 27th.
Power Boat refresher training.



Saturday July 30th.
Community Spirit event at Brockhole Visitor Centre near Windermere

July 24th. Helm Practice

Thursday, 14th. July. Inspire Project visit Paddlers for Life. Olympic Committee visit to see the work of the charity who have the Inspire Mark.
Paddlers for Life receive 'Inspire Mark'

20th. June 2011 Some Paddlers participate in
Great North Swim 2011

12th. June, 2011 Second Solstice Race entry for Paddlers for Life paddling 10.5 miles, the length of Windermere.
Three River Serpents 2:00:44
Paddlers For Life (Lucy) 2:24:10
Paddlers For Life (Artemis) 2:42:25

June. 2011. A brilliant day of coaching with Keni from 'Three River Serpents'.



June 2011. Dotting The Eye Ceremony

May 20111. Party for fellow paddler who moved to the USA.



May, 2011. Paddlers for Life Windermere visit Paddlers for Life Scotland SE at Port Edgar, South Queensferry to help with their 'Come and Try' day.
Our Dragon Boats get their first taste of seawater and a trip away from Windermere.


June 2011. Paddlers for Life have a team entry at Sheffield Weston Park Hospital Regatta.


Sea King helicopter entertains Paddlers for Life members.

May 2011. Flowers on the Water for a fellow Paddlers for Life paddler.

New full size dragon boats for Paddlers for Life Wigan and Port Edgar Dragons, Paddlers for Life Scotland SE.

March 26th. 2011, Helm Training, for new helms with various Paddlers for Life groups. Researched, formulated and delivered by Peter. A chance for prospective helms to train and develop their skills.


Easter Sunday Barbecue and Egg Hunt...
and paddle!


25th. March, 2011. Sylvia Emmott starts fund raising for a new dragon boat with a
Glitzy Dinner
with the Mayor at Kendal.

March 2011, Wetherlam Walk,
March 2011, Ingleton Walk.




February 2011 Walk at Holme Fell, Langdale.

Kendal Climbing Wall sessions.



March 2011. Coaching with the Three River Serpents in Durham.


Thursday 27th. January. Paddlers for Life extended the hand of friendship to paddlers from across the UK and internationally with their first networking conference at Lancaster.

29th. January 2011. Coffee Morning, Gaskell Hall, Silverdale. Another brilliant fund-raising effort.


January 2011. New Boat Trailer to carry two dragon boats to events is purchased and brought to Low Wood.

January 22nd. 2011. Water Safety sessions at Lakes Leisure Pool Kendal.


Whitbarrow Walk 16th. January, 2011

Kendal Climbing Wall, January 7th. 2011.

December, 2010.
The ceilidh, organised by Barbara and Roger,
was wonderful fun and a great success.

5th. December, 2010. Visit to Pool of Life, Liverpool.

First IBCPC committee meeting over a Skype conference call to Canada, Australia and other places across the world for Louisa and Sue.
Louisa has been elected Communications Committee Memberfor the IBCPC

On October 29th. 'Wear It Pink Day' race. English Lakes Hotels organised a race between local media and a Paddlers for Life team.

October 2010. More Paddlers for Life members took two days out last week to do the
power boat training.
This Level 2 training is to get some experience in the basics of power boat handling.


September 2010. Filming at Low Wood
Helen is one of a team of artists, engineers and health professionals who are working on a project to create a Dragon Boat simulator.
The project will use technology to allow people to try out Dragon Boat paddling.

Sunday 3rd October. Paddlers for Life Scotland SE held a ‘Dragon Boat Fun Event’ to publicise the formation of their club, at Port Edgar, South Queensferry. Three River Serpents provided boats, support and training and some Paddlers for Life, Windermere paddlers went along to give additional support.

September 2010
Kendal Torchlight Paddlers for Life were brilliant, lively and glittery at the Kendal Torchlight Event on friday. Lots of hard work by many members and supporters culminated in a wonderful float featuring Artemis Diana with a colourful and enthusiastic crew.

Thursday 26th. August. Paddlers for Life entertained a group of young carers. The young people were gathering in Windermere for a well deserved two day break. Paddlers already had the two dragon boats on the water by the time our visitors arrived. After a safety brief and paddling guidance, two boats set off with approximately twenty novice paddlers.

7th. August, 2010 Paddlers for Life entered the Lake District Boat Club best dressed boat competition at Bowness.

Sunday 22nd. August. Paddlers for Life took our two boats down to Belle Isle for a picnic

Sunday 25th July 2010
Whilst a large contingency of Paddlers for Life members attended the launch of Paddlers for Life Scotland SW at Loch Ken, fifteen other paddlers enjoyed a 4 hour paddle and picnic on Lake Windermere during the Windermere Air Show.

June 2010 International Dragon Boat festival, Peterborough, Canada. Paddlers for Life send a strong team. Paddlers for Life for Life have had a great couple of days at the International Dragon Boat Festival races in Peterborough, Ontario and did us proud. In their first heat they came second with a time of 2 minutes 42 seconds. They also came second in their second heat with a time of 2 minutes 40 seconds.
They enjoyed a second day of races on sunday.
They thank everyone at home for the support they have had in getting them to this point.
They say we will all be with them in the boat when they race.

Solstice Paddle
Paddlers for Life had a great day for the
Solstice Paddle. Sunny conditions and a cooling following breeze allowed the paddlers to beat last year's time by 12 minutes finishing in a time of 1 hour 44 minutes.
This great success was preceded by a 'dotting of the eye' ceremony at Waterhead with a song from the paddlers and a warm and affectionate speech from Keni about Paddlers for Life.
Three River Serpents dragon boat team participated with one of our boats finishing in 1 hour 27 minutes!

Singing Workshop 22 May 2010
Weekly training for the International Dragon Boat Festival in Peterborough, Canada.

April 2010

Cox Box microphones and speakers purchased and have been tested in challenging coaching!
Keni fom Three River Serpents coached.

MacMillan Cancer Support have an article about Paddlers for Life in their Exchange Spring 2010 newsletter.

Aly was the leader of a beautiful walk in wonderful weather in Great Langdale in March.

Paddlers for Life feature in the Cumbria Community Foundation 2010 Calendar, the month of June.



17th January 2010
Kendal Climbing Wall session


January 2010

Training session with the Three River Sepents at Durham using the 'Magic Paddle'.

17th January 2010 The trustees of Paddlers for Life were warmly welcomed by an inspired group of women in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. The formation and history of Paddlers for Life was discussed and the formation of another PfL group.

11th/12th December 2009 , The first
Three River Serpents of Durham visit. 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.

January 2010
The breakaway Wansfell team.
Ignoring team orders they continued with the original plan and headed for Wansfell.
The final summit push was in doubt until a magnificent lead by S P-J lead the
team safely, if a little breathless to the snow encased top



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

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.
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.


Friday 30th. October 2009. Paddlers for Life Masked Ball.


21st September 2009
Shelly Barlow's Bike4Life. Shelly embarks upon a record breaking attempt to be the first woman to ride off road across the Pyrenees all in aid of Paddlers for Life.

Friday 11th September 2009 - NHS North Lancashire Research & Development Conference



12/13th September 2009, 2nd Great North Swim David, Karl, Megan, Elaine and Louisa swam on Saturday and Barbara and Roger swam on Sunday.



Friday 11th September 2009 - Paddlers for Life entered the Kendal Torchlight Festival.


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.

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.


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



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


Sunday 31st May 2009 - The power of the paddle - members were pleased to welcome Barbara Partridge who lives in Birmingham and also launched the new support boat.

Sunday 17th May 2009 - Members were pleased to welcome Donna and Margaret from Tasmania.



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!

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.

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.

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.


Sunday 15th March 2009
Walk to Loughrigg Fell.

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

at the Lakes Suite Low Wood Hotel.

Saturday 7th March 2009. 24 members of Paddlers for Life took to the water on Saturday evening at the Kendal Leisure Center for
water safety training.

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

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

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.

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

Sunday 16th November 2008
The 1st. Annual General Meeting of Paddlers for Life took place at the village hall Abbeystead.

Sunday 7th December 2008 It might have been a grey misty cold day at Windermere, but inside the Low Wood Hotel the atmosphere was fantastic. Forty seven members and supporters gathered for our first
Christmas lunch
and it was delicious, to think just 11 short months ago the inaugural meeting of Paddlers for Life took place in the same venue.
How far we have come? The journey has only just begun.


Sunday 19th October 2008 It might have been wet and wild at the Low Wood Marina but we still paddled, and thanks to a tremendous efforts by June Baker and Stacey Donnelly , Paddlers for Life received donations of over £800 following the
Lytham Dragon Boat Festival and the Great Swim respectively.

13th September 2008
Barbara Daniel & Roger Butterfield, Stacey Donnelly and Robert Parker complete
Great North Swim raising funds for Paddlers for Life.

Lytham Round Table Charity Dragon Boat Event 2008

Sunday 28th September 2008 - Lytham Round Table Dragon boat Festival.

29th August 2008 The World Firefighter Games Event was held in Liverpool. the photograph below shows the only all woman team in action at Liverpool Docks, on stroke is the Chairman of Paddlers for Life Sue Cogley.

3rd August 2008 Another great day at our venue, the Low Wood Water Sports Center, as 45 paddlers took to the water to take advantage of Three River Serpents member Keni Mayes excellent tuition.

Friday 4th July 2008.
Members of the Low Wood Marina staff and Paddlers for Life received instruction from Barbara, Rob and Frank of the 4 Dragons Limited for Helm Training.

30 July 2008 Dr Helen Crank of Sheffield Hallam University has been successfully in obtaining substantial funding from NLTPCT 2008 Research Bursaries.
This great news secures the ongoing research program being carried out by Dr Crank and members of Paddlers for Life.

8th June 2008,
The Dotting of the Eyes Ceremony took place
and was a tremendous success.
Our sincere thanks go to
Mr Alan Seatwo, Chairman of the Liverpool Pagoda Chinese Community Center

Sunday May 25th at 10.30am Low Wood Marina, Windermere - we were all delighted by the sight of our newly painted head for the yellow boat, 'Lucy at Low Wood'.

26th January 2008 . Inaugural seminar held at Low Wood Hotel tremendous success.

Saturday May 17th - Paddlers for Life were delighted to welcome two Canadian Paddlers, Jane Frost and Carol Dale, original members of Abreast In A Boat, Vancouver.

5th January 2008
Members of the Charity met at the Low Wood Hotel, on the banks of Lake Windermere,
to put the finishing touches to the Paddlers for Life Launch Seminar to be held on the 26th of this month.

November 8th 2007 . Paddlers for Life granted registered charity status by the Charity Commission. Registered number 1121539




Sue and Louisa are paddling with Pool of Life, a group of breast cancer survivors linked to the Amadeus dragon boat team who paddle at Liverpool Docks.

October 13th - 14th, 2007
Members at Rheged Visitor Centre, Penrith to publicise the newly formed paddlers for Life

A lot of work is going on behind the scenes to form a dragon boat paddling group particularly for breast cancer survivors along the model of such teams in Canada, USA, Australia and around the world.
If you can fill in any dates, events or information for the 2007 time line please email.

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