The Big Stand Up sees a group of friends including Charlie Boorman, James Phelps, James Haskell, Chloe Madeley, Amy Voce, D*Face, Damon Hill, Nick and Giles English, Matthew Wright and Ben Bowers paddle the Basingstoke Canal from Odiham to Weybridge for 30 miles on May 17th – 18th 2021.
The paddlers, who themselves have suffered from testicular cancer or mental health challenges
• Are doing a stand-up paddleboarding challenge of 30 miles along Basingstoke canal
• Paddle originally planned for Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year now taking place on 17th May due to COVID Restrictions.
• Aiming to raise awareness and funds for Movember
The initiative has been spearheaded by two‐time testicular cancer survivor and Movember Ambassador Ben Bowers and his good friend, Charley Boorman who has also had testicular cancer as well as many other life-threatening accidents over the years.
The group of friends are coming together, shoulder to shoulder through a shared activity to set an example for other men that no matter the situation you find yourself in, looking to friends for support and sharing in experiences can be a good way to get through the tough times.
The trip will require both physical and mental resilience which all the team members have developed over time through their own personal challenges. Building the resilience to overcome those challenges, talking about their experiences and seeking help and support have been vital tools to thrive.
Paddling together they will help each other through the challenges on the water whilst also taking time along the way to connect and talk opening up about some of the tough stuff in their lives.
Spinlock has provided the adventurers with the ALTO belt pack’s to wear for the challenge. Follow along on social media #TheBigStandUp