John and Max 200 mile kayak challenge- They did it!

John Oakley completed his 8 day kayak with his dog Max to raise money for the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch. You can still donate, please help them reach their target. 

In 2016, John and Max kayaked 100 miles and raised over £3000. They witnessed the difference the money raised made to the animals at the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch and they decided to quite literally, push the boat out for one last big effort.

John made the journey from Oxford to Warrington – nearly 200 miles – with Max who he adopted from our branch. Max has even gained the nickname ‘Pirate Max’ following his love for spending time with John floating on the canals.

The journey worked out at 25 miles per day which gave John the unenviable task of paddling a marathon per day.

John and Max had to face various storms that included very high winds and torrential rain and a run of bad luck, losing his glasses and one of his phones in the canal. It really was a huge effort to finish the challenge, many of us would have given up.

They started on Sunday 16th September in Oxford and finished on Sunday 23rd September at the London Bridge Inn in Appleton, Warrington.

Max was abandoned with two other dogs. He spent over a year in kennels and unfortunately, missed out on two homes through no fault of his own. That was when John and Kei decided they need to add a gorgeous Staffie to their household.

To sponsor John and Max anyone can visit his justgiving page-

John and Max are raising money directly to help the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch. The branch is a cruelty case boarding centre. This means that the animals in their care have been removed by inspectors due to neglect or abuse.

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