BBC Graham’s afloat on Lancashire’s canals for Pudsey

Graham Liver on the Lancaster Canal
Graham Liver on the Lancaster Canal
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A BBC radio presenter is taking on Lancashire’s waterways in a canoe for a unique ‘Paddle for Pudsey’ challenge.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s breakfast host Graham Liver has signed up to support the Children in Need appeal.

He set off in a Canadian canoe this morning from the most northern point of the navigable stretch of the Lancaster Canal, to journey down to Preston.

He will transfer to the Leeds-Liverpool canal to paddle along the Lancashire section as part of the mammoth 120-mile journey, taking him from Tarleton across to Barnoldswick.

Graham, who has never been in a canoe before, has been joined by an army of friends, colleagues and special guests who will join him in paddling a section of the journey, and has recruited the assistance of experts from across the region for training, advice and safety equipment.

“When I came up with this idea, I didn’t realise how tough it would be,” he admitted.

“I’m not really looking forward to being cold and wet all week, but I‘m being helped along in the canoe by fellow Radio Lancashire and North West Tonight presenters, including weather presenter Diane Oxberry, and she’s promised that the sun will be shining.”

He adds: “I’ve visited tons of projects all over Lancashire funded by BBC Children in Need and I have seen first-hand the difference that it makes to children and young people’s lives.

“The people of Lancashire are so generous and I’m sure they’ll help me along the way.”

Graham hopes to encourage other fundraisers across the county to do their bit for BBC Children in Need, which is promoting its ‘Be a Hero’ campaign.

The charity is asking people to put on a bake sale, dress up as their favourite childhood hero, put friends and family to the test by putting on a quiz or throw on their walking boots to hold a ramble across the countryside, to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Children in Need currently supports 48 projects across Lancashire with funding of more than £2,900,000, including Cancer Help Preston, which receives a grant of £10,000 to offer a people-centred therapy service to children and young people who have experienced a bereavement of a parent or someone close to them.

- The official fundraising pack is available from bbc.co.uk/Pudsey and is packed with ideas to help people with their fundraising efforts.