AN ANDOVER man has completed a 92-mile solo kayak from Reading to Bristol in aid of young carers.

Andy Turrill embarked on the epic challenge on Wednesday, September 1, and reached his destination on Monday, September 6, to raise money for Andover Young Carers, as well as to help him fight anxieties and challenges he faces due to his Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The 31-year old, who is head chef at the Hare and Hounds on Charlton Down, had never attempted anything like it before, having only been kayaking as a young boy with Scouts and on family holidays.

“Having grown up with autism and anxiety, and not to mention five brothers, I found life as a young person very challenging,” he said.

“However, attending youth groups, not only helped to build my self-confidence and social skills, but they also sparked my passion for outdoor activities, and therefore, I know what a real difference groups can make to a young person’s life.”

Andy hoped to raise £450 for the charity, which offers indoor and outdoor activities, vital relief, and vital support to an amazing, but often hidden, group of young people within Northern Test Valley and surrounding districts.

On completing the challenge, he had already surpassed his goal, making the barriers of exhaustion and technical difficulties worth it.

He said: “After this amazing challenge and personal journey, I have the time to reflect on the highs and the lows I've had to face.

“I have learnt so much from it, it's taught me to believe in myself, but most of all to believe in others and ask for help and suppor.

“Without it, this would not have been possible, so a massive thank you to my mum and dad and my brother for their amazing help.

“And to all those who have supported this amazing charity and its young superheroes.”

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