03:57PM, Saturday 06 September 2014
A Windsor dad is taking on a 45-mile canoe trip this weekend to raise money for the hospital treating his daughter for cancer.
Michael Baldwin will on Saturday begin the journey from Windsor following the Thames into London to finish outside the ITV offices on the Southbank where he works as a senior creative.
All of the money raised from the long paddle will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
His eight-year-old daughter, Maisy, was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour in March of this year and currently undergoes weekly chemotherapy.
Wilms' tumour is a form of kidney cancer in children.
The idea for the sponsored canoe came from Maisy when she realised that the river which runs through Windsor is the same that runs outside her Dad’s office in London and she said you need to row to work.
Michael said: “I’ve never done anything like that in terms of endurance. I haven’t had much time to train being so busy with work and looking after Maisy. But I’ve had some lessons and now I’m just looking forward to getting it over with.
“All the money is going to the Royal Marsden. I’m really chuffed with how much money has already been raised and glad it's going to something that means so much to me.”
The event has been named the ‘Canoe for Moo’ after Maisy’s nickname. Already £3,500 has been raised, though Michael hopes to reach £5,000.
All of Michael’s canoe and kit and a support boat for two days of the paddle has been donated by a company that is aptly named Moo’s Canoes. They have also provide Michael with lessons before the big day on Saturday.
Over the weekend Michael will be wearing a tracking device to allow supporters to follow his progress through his event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canoeformoo
To donate to Canoe for Moo, go to Michael’s donation page: http://www.kapipal.com/canoeformoo
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