Paddling Policemen

Two Merseyside policemen have canoed from Leeds to Liverpool to raise money for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Chris Read, 33, and Phil Seddon, 39, known as the Paddling Policemen, canoed 127 miles along the Leeds Liverpool canal in five days.

Paddling Policemen Phil and Chris, with Eric Howard from the Pituitary Foundation and The Walton Centre's Head of Fundraising Sarah Jones

They paddled for 12 hours each day to complete the challenge.

Chris, a former patient of The Walton Centre, said: “The first few days of the challenge were great, the sun was shining and the support along the canal was fantastic.

“Then the weather changed and we were suddenly facing torrential rain and gale force winds.

“An ark probably would have been more appropriate.”Paddling Policeman Chris Read with his canoe

In total the pair raised almost £1,500, which was split between the Walton Neuro Fund, the Pituitary Foundation and Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s pancreatic cancer research fund.

Head of Fundraising Sarah Jones said: “We are delighted that Chris and Phil took on this incredible challenge for the Walton Neuro Fund.”

Phil, whose mother died from pancreatic cancer, said: “It was definitely all worthwhile and it was our way of saying thank you.”

“Special thanks go to our family, friends and colleagues who supported our challenge and helped us raise funds for vital research.”