FAMILIES living in Lechlade and the surrounding area have been invited to take part in an annual paddle boarding fundraiser along the River Thames next month. 

The event has been organised by Prospect Hospice and will take place on Sunday, October 1.

Participants will paddle 11 kilometres down the River Thames, starting at the Red Lion in Castle Easton and will finish at the Riverside in Lechlade.

Prospect Hospice provides end-of-life care for people living in Fairford and Lechlade as well as patients in living north east Wiltshire including Swindon, Marlborough and Royal Wootton Bassett. 

Patient support is delivered in a variety of ways, tailored to the needs of the individual.

Specialist teams provide clinical, emotional and practical support to patients. 

This event is open to everyone, from complete beginners to experienced paddle boarders, as paddlers will be accompanied along the route by a qualified instructor.

Individuals and teams will get to the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and adventure on the water while raising money for the charity. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: One paddler enjoy last year's Prospect Paddle eventOne paddler enjoy last year's Prospect Paddle event (Image: Prospect Hospice)

Sabrina, who participated in last year’s Prospect Paddle, said: “Taking part in the first prospect paddle last year was a lovely experience. 

"At the time we had just lost my mother in law to pancreatic cancer and the hospice had supported us so much I felt I wanted to give something back to them. 

"On the day the volunteers and other participants were all so friendly and supportive and we had a lot of fun navigating a part of the Thames I hadn’t been down before.

"It was very well organised and lovely to feel part of a community on the day. 

"I cannot wait to be involved again this year and raise some vital funds for such a worthwhile cause.”

Registration for the event is now open and costs £20 per person.

Participants will have to set a fundraising target and ask friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor their efforts. 

Every penny raised will go towards helping the hospice provide care to people living with terminal illnesses as well as providing support for their families.

For more information about the event, including how to register, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/paddle