Dunoon Kayaker paddles round Bute for charity

Bruce Lauder on the shores of Montford on Saturday, July 26.
Bruce Lauder on the shores of Montford on Saturday, July 26.

A Dunoon man kayaked over 36 miles around Bute’s coastline recently in aid of a charity which supports children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Bruce Lauder, who took on the challenge on Saturday, July 26 in aid of Bobath Scotland, tells us: “I started my challenge from Kilchattan Bay at 9.20am in perfect conditions, the water was like glass for 25 miles of my paddle unfortunately it poured with rain for the last five hours.

“After 30 miles the sea picked up dramatically forcing me to land at Lubas bay to consider admitting defeat! But I’m delighted to say I decided on battling through the rest of the way to complete my challenge.”

The total distance covered was 36.79 miles in eight hours and 47 minutes - and to date, Bruce has raised over £1360 for Bobath Scotland.

He tells us: “[I’d like to give] A huge thanks to Shear Water and Douglas Forrest for support boats for the day, also to the poor damp crews of support boats, and Andrew Lancaster for stepping in at last minute to transport me and my kayak to Bute.

“I would also like to thank David Walker for giving me the chance to kayak as a boy in the Innellan sea scouts, along with everyone who has helped me raise over £1360 for Bobath Scotland so far.”

You can still make a donation to this worthy cause by visiting Bruce’s Just Giving page online by clicking here.