One of our own members, Jack Allman, a 17 year old from Southsea, will be undertaking the challenge of paddleboarding across the solent in aid of charity. He will be completing this on the 25th of September, to support two charities, Cancer Reaearch UK and Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards.
In August 2015, Jack lost his good friend to Cancer, so he has taken the opportunity to raise as much money as possible for this great cause and hopefully begin to stop child cancers in the future. So far, Jack has managed to raise £500 for this charity, which is his target, but any more money would be greatly appreciated.
The second charity Jack is raising money for is ourselves. In a quote Jack said, "As a member, I see first hand the great work that they do, so I want to try to give back as much to them as possible". Jack has been a lifeguard with us for over 3 years now, and is on a good course to soon be able to coxswain Portsea Rescue 2, one of our rescue boats. During this time, he has earnt his RLSS Beach Lifeguard Qualification. This means that Jack is able to coordinate any rescue situation that happens on Southsea beach. A critical part of the beach lifeguard qualification is to be able to pick up casualties on a rescue board and bring them ashore safely. This is where Jack learnt how to paddleboard in the first place, and has now developed his skills even further, training most evenings. Jack has raised £400 so far for Portsmouth Voluntary Lifeguards, and wishes to increase this to the goal of £500. We wish him all the best.
You can find the donation link for Jacks cause here