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Clyde Christmas Paddle raises over £2,600 for RNLI in Scotland

Lifeboats News Release

30 kayakers from across the West of Scotland took part in the annual Christmas Paddle to raise over £2,600 for the RNLI in Scotland.

Lorna Dixon

30 kayakers took part in the Christmas paddle on 8 December

On Thursday 8 December, 30 paddlers took to the River Clyde in Glasgow to take part in the annual Christmas Paddle organised by John Paschke to raise money for the RNLI in Scotland.

The kayakers paddled east from the Transport museum into the city centre and back, a total distance of around 5km, in decorated kayaks to celebrate the festive season and raise money for charity.

John Paschke, Organiser of the Clyde Christmas Paddle, says: ‘We had a beautiful, still evening to take to the water for our Christmas paddle this year, all be it temperatures were sub zero and our boats were covered in ice as well as fairy lights and tinsel by the end! I am delighted with the total raised for the RNLI from the paddlers and their supporters. It surpasses previous charity totals raised by the paddle and goes to show how much sea kayakers value the outstanding service provided by the RNLI volunteers.’

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Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Lorna Dixon

A view from the 5km paddle on the River Clyde

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