People do different things to raise money for charity. All By Water is a project to circumnavigate Wales by water, in a small boat, for charity.
People do many things for charity, from shaving their hair to running a marathon.
Some people also undertake epic treks or take on challenging and dangerous endeavours.
Well, one of those people doing something challenging and dangerous is my father.
He has decided to travel around Wales in a small, rigid, inflatable boat.
Wales, an Island?
If you're not up on your geography, Wales is not an island.
So he will do this by travelling down the River Severn, out into the Bristol Channel, and then around the Welsh coastline in the Irish Sea, then back in via Chester and down the canals, connecting back up with the River Severn.
This is quite a journey, especially doing it single-handed.... Plus, he is in his seventies.
Dangers and Difficulties
The Welsh coastline is particularly dangerous, with many rocks, strong currents, strong tides, strong winds, and changeable weather.
This is quite worrying in such a small boat, but he can't use a bigger boat as it would not fit down the canals and rivers.
Little Sleep and Little to Eat
There are few places to stop so he will be sleeping aboard the small boat.
He has so much fuel aboard the little boat that he can't take a stove to warm food either...and it's very cold out there.
We helped him out with a warm sleeping bag and some self-heating meals, but it will be tough doing this day after day.
Why's he doing it?
A few years ago, his wife, and my step-mum, got cancer. She died in a very short space of time. In her last difficult few days, she received excellent care from the hospice.
For anyone and their families in this situation, the hospices give a vital service at a difficult time.
So, as his wife requested right before she died, he is trying to raise money for them.
All By Water
The project, called All By Water, sets off in just a few day's time.
If you can, please sponsor his crazy adventure around Wales all by water.All By Water (Just Giving)
More details can be found on the All By Water website.