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Monday, 24 August 2009


. Gareth Logan and Will Brawn, from Polzeath, are passionate about Cornwall’s marine life and have decided to take action to do something to help it. They will be walking and paddleboarding from Polzeath to Lands End at the beginning of September in a bid to raise money for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. The boys are hoping the people of Cornwall will help them reach their £1000 target by sponsoring them at . Will says: “Being a surfer, I spend a lot of time in the sea, and feel an attachment to the coastline. I’ve come to realise how fragile an environment it is, that really needs looking after. My friend Gareth and I wanted to combine our love of the sea, whilst helping it out at the same time. So this paddle seemed like perfect way to do that. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network does great work in helping our dolphins and other cetaceans, which we both really care about, so we thought it was a great charity to support.” . The boys hope to have a suitable weather window between the 1st and 14th September when their walk and paddleboard challenge will take place. They already have sponsorship from Mountain Warehouse, Nineplus, Cornish Rock Tors and Wave Hunters and the use of a very special paddle board from Surf’s Up Surf School. Will will be using the same board as that used by James Cracknell in his cross Channel paddle with Surfs Up’s Pete Craske in 2005. . Will says “At least I know the board’s been given a proper test run in similar conditions! So I feel confident my equipment will stand me in good stead, now it’s just down to my endurance and experience in the sea.” . As well as completing the physical challenge they intend to play several gigs with their band, Droptone, along the way where they hope to generate more fundraising opportunities, including prize draws. Dates confirmed include The Tubestation, Polzeath on Monday 31st of August to kick the event off and the Old Albion Inn, Crantock, on Thursday 3rd of September. There will be more dates to follow. Everyone is invited to come along and support them at these events and help their fundraising efforts. . Cornwall Wildlife Trust developed the Marine Strandings Network in response to the many dead dolphins that wash up on our beaches each year and the Network is now the recognised recorder of dead dolphins for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Network has a Strandings Hotline which is manned by volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive reports of dead dolphins from the public, the number to call if you find one is 0845 201 2626. The 120 strong volunteers which make up the Network record, photograph and collect vital data from the dead dolphins. They also secure and deliver the dolphins to Veterinary Laboratories Agency Truro for post mortem examination, to help determine the cause of death. . Ruth Williams, Marine Conservation Officer for the Trust says, “The information collected by the Marine Strandings Network and through the post mortem examinations is incredibly important for improving our understanding of the biology and ecology of our dolphin species, the threats they face and how we can reduce these.” . Ruth continues, “It is brilliant that these two young men want to undertake such a big challenge with the sole aim of raising money to help the Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. We wish them well and will be closely following their progress along the coast, maybe they’ll be lucky enough to encounter dolphins along the route!” . If you’d like to sponsor Will and Gareth and help them reach their £1000 target please go to All proceeds will be donated to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. For more information about the challenge call Gareth on 07980 018959, or Will on 07961 880989 or visit . .

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