An intrepid team from SBC Training took to the Montgomery Canal, supported by local businesses, using paddle power to raise funds for a specialist Shropshire college.
Staff and apprentices from SBC Training embarked on a challenging paddle along the Montgomery Canal at Queens Head, near Oswestry, to raise funds for Derwen College, in Gobowen.
The event, which raised more than £1.500, tested endurance, leadership and team working skills and all those taking part were pushed to their limits to prove they could 'Paddle 4 Derwen'.
Eighteen brave people from AICO Ltd, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce members and SBC Training, took to the water for the event, which saw many people getting rather wet, though only as a result of the very enthusiastic paddling. Friends and supporters turned out to cheer them on and enjoy a barbeque on a lovely warm sunny evening.
Colin Thaw from SBC Training said: “This event; which was managed by Shropshire Paddlesports, was completely new to us all but everyone involved was determined to get through the endurance tests and overcome the challenges presented!
“We also wanted to raise money for a worthy charity and Derwen College is a place where young people with learning difficulties receive education, opportunities and work experiences that really make a difference to their lives.”
As an education provider ourselves we decided to support the college as part of our corporate social responsibility and Apprenticeship enrichment activities.”
Money raised by the event will support students at Derwen College in a variety of ways. Derwen College Charity helps to fund transport to work placements, specialist tools and equipment, provides valuable experiences such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and supports the modernisation and adaptions needed in student accommodation.