Staff from a windpower company in Frodsham have used paddle power to raise cash for Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.

The team from Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) canoed 30 miles from Welshpool, Wales to Shrewsbury, England all in aid of raising money for Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.

Following on from last year’s successful challenge, CWL set an ambitious target to raise over £10,000 for the local hospital.

The CWL challenge took two days to complete; staff camped overnight on the banks of the River Severn before returning to the water to complete the challenge on the Friday. The total distance from Welshpool to Shrewsbury was 30 miles or just under 50km. Thankfully, the team were blessed with glorious summer weather with no rain to dampen spirits, although a few team members did experience an impromptu ‘swim’ in the river.

Event organiser and project manager at Community Windpower Ltd Ben Fielding said: “This year’s CWL summer challenge was a bit different; previously our staff have climbed Scafel Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis, last year we all cycled 75km from Liverpool to Chester so this year we decided we would take to the water for an alternative challenge.”

“With the staff having very little canoeing experience a couple of practice sessions were held on the River Dee before the challenge took place. These sessions provided valuable opportunities to practise in Canadian canoes and the sit on kayaks as a combination of both were used throughout the challenge.

Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) staff during the challenge on the River Severn

Employees from Community Windpower are due to visit Tarporley Hospital for a cheque presentation and to meet the staff, to see first hand where the money raised will be used and how it will make a difference to the hospital and its patients.

Ben added: “The CWL summer challenges are always great fun; it’s a good opportunity to spend a day with colleagues outside the normal working environment whilst at the same time raising money for an extremely good cause.

“This year’s event was an overwhelming success; we have smashed our £10k target and we got 25 staff safely down the river relatively unscathed - only two vessels capsized over the two days and I am not mentioning any names – they know who they are!

“A special thank you must go to the CWL support team, who helped us in so many ways, transporting people, boats, providing refreshments and also setting up the camp!”

Fundraising co-ordinator at the Hospital Karen Urmston said: “Tarporley War Memorial Hospital relies on donations to survive and maintain the care of those in our local community. We are indebted to the team at Community Windpower for their readiness in completing an enormous challenge to raise over £10,000 in support of our care here.

“Special thanks must go to Ben who has been our contact for his kindness and support. The whole team were amazing and we are very proud of your achievements - well done to everyone who took part.”

Tarporley War Memorial Hospital specialises in the rehabilitation of the elderly, offers intermediate care and provides support with terminally ill and palliative patients.