MOIRA kayaker has paddled his way to the Isle of Man to raise
funds for charity.
George Bryans, 50, a bank manager, took to
the Irish Sea at the end of September on a sponsored challenge
aimed at ending the misery caused by ulcerative colitis and
He was joined by Denny Rice, 49, a landscape
gardener from Banbridge and Killough artist Kieron Black, 38.
The three men took 11 hours 45 minutes to paddle from
Ballyhornan to Peel Harbour, Isle of Man, leaving at first light
on Friday September 26 and achieving their goal just as the sun
Kieron was diagnosed with severe Crohn's
disease in August 2004, though his doctors think it may have
been in his system for ten years before that. For a man whose
life revolves around the sea, it was devastating news.
George explained that he and Denny, both
members of Banbridge Canoe and Kayak Club, met Kieron on the
The men are delighted that their efforts have
so far helped raise £3000 for the Royal Victoria Hospital.
George commented; "The conditions changed
during the day and it got tight near the end.
"We have been training for this for months.
There was a lot of work involved but it has been worth it." The
kayakers had expected the 32 mile trip would take 10 hours, but
due to the weather the final trip amounted to 38 miles.
And their achievements could appear on TV as
Kieron's father, Brian Black of UTV accompanied them and filmed
George would like to thank everyone who
sponsored or supported their efforts in any way.