Published: 00:00, 09 April 2014
Sheppey has played host to a fundraiser who is taking on the 6,600-mile challenge of trekking the UK’s coastline – and he says he has enjoyed the most magical moment so far.
Adam Short, from Bournemouth, started his epic journey from Southampton on Thursday, March 6, and found himself on the Island last week.
He is raising money for Save the Children and the Scouts Association, and he also wants to encourage youngsters to get out and about and put their games consoles away.
He hopes to raise £50,000 for each charity.
The 41-year-old arrived here by kayak on Wednesday after crossing over from Faversham and was put up in a horse box overnight by Chris Prime from the Talk of the Town pub in Leysdown.
The following morning he found himself at The Playa pub in Minster, where he says he was welcomed for breakfast.
He made his way off the Island later that day and headed to the Isle of Grain.
The father-of-one, who put his career as a self-employed web developer on hold to undertake the fundraiser, estimates his walk will finish back in Southampton in early November.
He has had no specific training for the journey, and is just relying on a love of extreme sports, trying to avoid bridges where possible and paddle across any water to add to the excitement and sense of adventure. He said: “Kent has been absolutely amazing – the best part of it so far.
“Everyone I have met on Sheppey has been lovely and when I was crossing over from Faversham I was guided by two seals.
“They were playing around my boat, which was the most magical experience I have ever had.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone on the Island for their support and hospitality.
“I hope to come back sometime in the future – but next time by car.”
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