Record-breaking Mick aims to complete Falklands adventure

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Mick Dawson (back) on one of his previous expeditions with Steve Grenham.

The aim of the challenge, carried out under the Cockleshell Endeavour Project, will be to raise awareness of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and to raise money for armed forces charities.

Mick’s companion Steve has been increasingly affected by PTSD over a number years. He feels it may be related to his experiences both in the Falkland war and tours of Northern Ireland.

Prior to the challenge, which will take place in spring, there will also be a series of adventures by other teams under the Cockleshell Endeavour logo.

Mick said: “Next year is the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War in which both Steve and I served. What better or more significant time to return and put a successful conclusion to the Cockleshell Endeavour project?

“So with that in mind, in March 2017 the Cockleshell Endeavour team will return to complete a revised kayaking expedition.

“We will paddle a route primarily around ‘East Falkland’ designed to take in the significant locations of the conflict.

“We will complete the paddle in a two-man military Wayland Kayak, and weather permitting it should take us about 14 days to complete.

“We think this will be a particularly significant way to conclude the Cockleshell Endeavour Project and one which will also allow us to pay our respects to the guys who didn’t get to come home.”

Prior to the event, more teams of recovering service personnel and veterans will be taking part in their own adventures under the Cockleshell Endeavour banner.

The first of these is the Devizes to Westminster Race 2017 where the Cockleshell Endeavour project will be entering five pairs, one half of which must be a serving military personnel or veteran who is recovering from serious injury or physical or mental health issues, including PTSD.

The pair have thanked those who supported them, including Simon Bolze who has made a ‘generous donation’ of five two-man Neris Valki kayaks and Paul Rigby who has supported the project from the start.

To support Mick on his adventure visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cockleshell-endeavour