Andover chef completes 92 mile solo kayak from Reading to Bristol for young caregivers charity



An ANDOVER man completed a 92 mile solo kayak from Reading to Bristol for the benefit of young caregivers.

Andy Turrill embarked on the epic challenge Monday and Tuesday (September 6-7) to raise money for Andover Young Carers, as well as help him tackle the anxieties and challenges he faces due to his autism spectrum disorder.

The 31-year-old, who is a chef at Hare and Hounds in Charlton Down, had never tried anything like it before, only kayaking as a young boy with boy scouts and on a family vacation .

“Growing up with autism and anxiety, and not to mention five brothers, I found life as a young person very difficult,” he said.

“However, attending youth groups not only helped me build my self-confidence and social skills, but they also sparked my passion for the outdoors and as a result I know what a real difference they are. groups can make a difference in a young person’s life. ”

Andy was hoping to raise £ 450 for the charity, which provides indoor and outdoor activities, life-saving relief and vital support to an incredible, but often hidden, youth group in the Northern Test Valley and surrounding districts.

By the end of the challenge, he had already surpassed his goal, making the barriers of exhaustion and technical difficulty worth it.

He said: “After this incredible challenge and personal journey, I have time to reflect on the ups and downs that I have had to face.

“I learned so much, it taught me to believe in myself, but above all to believe in others and to ask for help and support.

“Without that it wouldn’t have been possible, so a big thank you to my mom, dad and brother for their amazing help.

“And to everyone who has supported this incredible charity and its young superheroes.”

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