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Paddle boarders do it standing up

By SOPHIE MCCARRICK [email protected]

The Algarve Paddle Boarders will retreat from the water and meet on various Algarve golf courses on June 30 to tackle 72 holes in one day and raise funds for the UK’s MacMillan Cancer Support Trust.

With the aim of “giving a little back” to a cause close to their hearts, the paddle surfing group will walk approximately 40 kilometres under the Algarve sun to raise funds for the MacMillan Cancer Support “Longest Day Golf Challenge”.

MacMillan Cancer Support is a charity that works towards improving the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.

The charitable Algarve team, consisting of paddle boarders Mike Bosman, Scott Kemsley, Michiel Krammer, Pete Keeping and Pedro van Riet, will play on courses including San Lorenzo, Laranjal and Pinheiros Altos, where green fees have been offered free of charge.

Team mate Pete Keeping said: “This initiative is incredibly important to me as my step dad passed away in January from a long fight with cancer.

“We stood beside him in a Macmillan Hospital and the only word to describe the family of nurses and doctors at the hospital is that they are angels. We have never seen a more professional and loving team, who made absolutely certain that my step dad’s passing was not painful.”

Fellow paddler Pedro van Riet also experienced a close encounter with cancer – he suffered from throat cancer recently – and hopes to raise as much as possible for the cause after defeating the life-threatening disease.

Speaking on behalf of his team, Mike Bosman said: “We all want to raise as much money as we can for the MacMillan Trust. We need all the support possible and will really appreciate anything you might be able to offer, whether it is €1 or €1 million – every cent goes to a cause very special to many of us.”

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Meanwhile, on the same day, another group of friends, Jonathan Bennett, Paul Greenhalgh, Jamie O Doherty and Daniel Warwick, will also be taking part in the MacMillan Cancer Support “Longest Day Golf Challenge”. They will attempt to play 72 holes of golf in one day across four golf courses in Quinta do Lago. The golfing will commence at 6am at San Lorenzo golf course, then continue on to Laranjal with the final two rounds being played at the 27-hole Pinheiros Altos golf course finishing around 10pm.

They are attempting to raise £1000 for the MacMillan Cancer Charity and all donations large or small will be gratefully received.

Please find the donation page on the following website –