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Mental health staff take to the water to raise funds for domestic violence charity

NSFT's occupational health and fitness therapy team from Northside House in Norwich are taking to the water to raise money for those affected by domestic violence.

Kevin Dyball (organiser of the event), Jason Palmer, Tessa Prayel, Aimee Craske, Patrick Cox, Emma Dalton, Amelia Rix, Erin Paterson and Marie LeGoaziou are planning to canoe from Wroxham to Coltishall, on to Hautbois and then back to Wroxham, approximately 20 miles, on Saturday 5 June.

Kevin said: “That’s the plan anyway, so long as we don’t spring a leak. We have been training a couple of times just three of the guys. Two of the girls are keen paddle board/kayak enthusiasts, but in general the majority of us are novices and have never been further than a few miles.”

The charity chosen by Kevin is close to his heart. He and the team chose to raise funds for Leeway Charity Domestic Violence and Abuse after the tragic event which occurred last summer next to the grounds of Northside House in which a woman died. 

He said: “So far, we have already received sponsors/donations in excess of £200 but would really like to increase this significantly to enable us to provide Leeway with even more funding to help those in their time of need. 

“As a team, we are very excited by the event and are all looking forward to it, motivated by the fact that we are raising money for a fantastic cause. We also know the domestic abuse has increased during this pandemic.”

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