Glass industry supports Yorkshire woman to paddleboard the width of the UK

  

With support from Friends of Glass and funded by British Glass and FEVE, Yorkshire woman Jo Moseley has paddleboarded the width of the UK on canals.

Fighting her way through thunder, lightning, rainstorms, and massive strings of pondweed, Ms Moseley completed the 162-mile Desmond Family Canal Trail from Liverpool to Goole in 11 days.

The Trail is the longest of its kind in the UK and is privately funded to provide exciting activities for 16 – 25-year-olds on their local waterways.

A highlight of the trip was paddling through Knottingley, near Leeds late one evening.

The town is well known for glass manufacturing as three different glass companies are based there, and as Ms Moseley paddled along she could hear the chinking of glass from one of the factories on the canal.

Ms Moseley, of Embsay, near Skipton, has reportedly become well known for her surfing and paddle boarding activities, which she combines with a daily two-minute litter pick. 

She recently featured in the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ canal garden scene at the Chelsea Flower Show, and was chosen to take part in an international surfing video shot in Biarritz.

The international video, produced by Friends of Glass, aimed to increase awareness of the importance of the ocean and has become a popular view on social media.

The 54-year-old has been collecting rubbish from Runswick Bay beach on the Yorkshire Coast she’s been visiting for over 40 years and regularly runs and picks up litter around her home.

She said: “I trained for months for the canal trek and was extremely excited about it.”

“It’s taken me through a mix of countryside and built-up areas and from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea.”

Jo undertook the canal trek to raise funds for The Wave Project, which uses surfing to help young people grow in confidence, and the not-for-profit #2-minute Beach Clean movement.

The canal journey saw her beat her own target of raising £1,000 for The Wave Project with further donations still to be added. 

She added: “I’m passionate about our waterways and oceans, and our young people.”

Pictured: Ms Moseley paddleboarding along a canal earlier in the year


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