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Brothers kayak for cancer in epic 150-mile mission

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

10/06/14 Brothers kayaking to raise funds for charity - Ferry Bridge, Stapenhill (R-L) - Lee and Christian Sharratt, and Christian's partner Lisa Rafferty, are kayaking from Burton to the Humber Bridge to raise money for cancer research.

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A PAIR of Burton brothers who both suffered testicular cancer scares are planning to take on 150 miles of river to raise awareness of the condition.

Lee and Christian Sharratt are preparing to sit in their kayaks for five days as they row their way from Burton all the way to Hull to raise money for Cancer Research UK – and particularly testicular cancer.

With less than a month to go, the duo have been getting in some serious training, but say they are still fairly apprehensive about the challenge.

Lee Sharrat, 34, told the Mail: “Last years I found a lump, and after I told my brother about it, he checked and found one as well, so we went through the same thing.

“It turned out we didn’t have it, but we still went through the experience, and we’re looking forward to helping other people in the same situation.”

They will be joined in their quest by 28-year-old Christian’s partner Lisa Rafferty.

The trio are keen water babies, and have been kayaking for some time. They have been travelling upstream from Rolleston to Hatton to prepare for the challenge, which will begin on July 3 when they leave from the Ferry Bridge in Stapenhill.

“We do quite long trips, but we’ve never done anything on this scale before.

“It’s something we feel comfortable with, but I think there is an amount of apprehension – it is a long trip. We’re all excited,” said Lee.

The trio, who work together at Eton Driveways and live close by in Stapenhill and Winshill, have been approaching businesses, as well as friends and family, in the hope of raising sponsorship money.

They have thrown themselves behind the project, approaching local businesses and spending hours promoting the issue on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

At this stage they have only asked for pledges, rather than money, and they will collect the funds when they have finished their trip.

“Everyone has been really keen to support us and putting their hands in their pockets. We’ve got about £500, but we want to raise as much as possible, ” Lee added.

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