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Proudly supporting Parkinson's UK

 Get your paddle on and Paddle for Parkinson's UK!
Help Canoe Wild raise money and awareness for Parkinson's UK.
We will be holding events throughout the year where we are hoping the donations continue to flood in!
We will be hosting a series of paddles across our 2023 season encouraging those with Parkinson's and those who support those with Parkinson's to join us.   Parkinson's UK will have a stall with volunteer staff and information on hand and 25% of your hire cost will go straight to Parkinsons! 
We will also be encouraging all our paddlers to dip into their dry bags and give to the charity on these days so please contact us if you're interested in booking as we will be releasing more dates soon! 
You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and our Just Giving page for all our fun updates, news and our fundraising total !

This year Canoe Wild are excited to support and raise money for our chosen charity Parkinson's UK, the charity has a personal significance for Canoe Wild and therefore we will be be hosting a number of events throughout the season. 

Canoe Wild is a family orientated business, one which Andrew Mangnall proudly set up and runs with the support of both his son George and daughter Lucy. It is this family bond that is the reason behind Canoe Wild announcing Parkinson’s UK as its charity partner. Andrew’s mother, Joan Mangnall, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002 and it is both his and his families, along with everyone at Canoe Wild hope to both support and champion all the hard work Parkinson’s UK does to help those affected by the disease. 

Joan’s Story:

Joan Mangnall, born on Christmas day 1933, had a childhood growing up on a chicken farm in Dundee, Scotland, as the daughter of a blind WW1 veteran. At the age of 19 Joan decided to dedicate her life to the care of others and become a nurse, proudly working at The Glasgow Royal Infirmary. It was here where she met a surgeon named Roger, whom she later married on December 10th, 1963. Joan’s caring and compassionate nature meant she thrived not only as a nurse, but also as a mother and granny and she was thrilled to see Andrew pursue his love and passion when he set up Canoe Wild. 

Having settled in Suffolk, and despite her Parkinson’s diagnoses, her love for helping people carried on even in retirement, as she continued to support those in her local community, organising the building of a new village hall, arranging collections for multiple charities, as well as working with the elderly and disabled. Joan’s nursing background meant she knew that Parkinson’s would change her life but was determined not to let it to hold her back and in December of 2005 she was invited, by the Queen, to attend Buckingham palace where she was awarded an MBE for her service to the elderly and disabled. 

On the 25th of January 2021, at the age of 87, Joan sadly passed away. She had lived with Parkinson’s for 18 years, the last 5 of which she was in the advanced stages of the disease.   Her hard work, positive outlook, and kindness to all those around her are sentiments echoed by her family and it is why Canoe Wild are proud to support Parkinson’s UK charity. 


The Paddle for Parkinson's UK event will offer you and your family a fun, exciting and memorable day paddling on the beautiful River Stour just outside Canterbury, Kent. You can book a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board and enjoy a relaxing paddle, taking in the scenery and the fantastic wildlife. The best bit being that 25% of the price of your paddle will go to the fantastic Parkinson's UK charity. 

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