Friends kayak across the Channel to raise thousands for charity


Two Jewish brothers and their five friends have raised £10,000 for charity, by kayaking across the Channel.

Jamie and Jonny Levy, Nick Rubin, Joshua Metliss, James Griffiths, Michael Cavanagh and Justin Sloggett completed the voyage from Dungerness to Boulogne in eight hours.

“We were knackered, but very proud,” said Jamie, 34, from Hertfordshire.

“We were hoping to cross in six hours but we were fighting the tide all the way. There was a strong wind and a lot more waves than we thought there would be and we found ourselves going sideways a lot of the time due to the currents. It was very tiring. We probably ended up doing around 26 miles.”

Each of the group paddled individual kayaks. The friends – all from in and around London - had trained for four months, on the Thames and on the sea off the south coast.

Jamie , a partner at commercial property agents Fidens, organises a different challenge each year to raise money for charity.

“This was the toughest one we’ve ever done,” he said. “Not many people get themselves across the Channel under their own steam. It’s pretty impressive.”

The money will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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