To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, an intrepid team of six from ITN are kayaking across the English Channel in three 2-person kayaks to reach Normandy in under 24 hours, all to raise funds for Blesma…

Following a similar route that was taken by the D-Day invasion force this gruelling 100-mile kayak will highlight the spirit of co-operation and teamwork. In completing this challenge the team intend to raise funds and awareness for Blesma, a charity born out of the aftermath of WWI which supports limbless and injured veterans to live independent and fulfilling lives, for life.

Team member and former Royal Marine, Joe Humphrey, lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan and personally has benefitted from this amazing charity. They also hope to promote adventure, teamwork and inclusion with men and women with different skills and abilities working together to achieve something incredible.

Joel Whittaker served 8 years in the Parachute Regiment before working with media teams in various war zones. He now leads the High Risk department at ITN. He devised this latest challenge to promote adventure and teamwork whilst raising funds for Blesma.

Mandy Clark is a journalist and former war correspondent who has always enjoyed a challenge but this will be her greatest to date. During her three years living and working on the frontline, she witnessed soldiers and civilians suffer catastrophic injuries in war. She believes in the importance of that lifelong support that Blesma provides for servicemen and women.

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